On 20 April, ENAIRE, Spain's national air navigation service provider, implemented the so-called BRAIN II project at Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport, which improves its operability by redesigning departure flows based on satellite navigation.
To this end, ENAIRE used the most advanced airspace design technologies, complying with European regulatory requirements, and established operational procedures with the following characteristics:
1. The safety, punctuality and efficiency of aircraft operations in the Barcelona airport and its TMA are improved through the implementation of a new set of departures for all the runways.
2. This brings with it improvements in the efficiency of operations by making it possible to better adjust departures to their scheduled times.
3. It entails improvements for air transport passengers through more on-time departures.
4. It creates new departures/arrivals based on satellite navigation at the Reus, Girona-Costa Brava and Lleida-Alguaire airports in order to promote connectivity between the different airports in the Barcelona TMA.
ENAIRE's new procedures rely on state-of-the-art satellite technologies
Thanks to these improvements, which rely on implementing new airspace design techniques at the Barcelona Airport, aircraft separation and air traffic flows can be optimised.
Maintenance of arrival and departure trajectories
As part of this project, the current role of the runways has been maintained, meaning its implementation will not require changes in terms of their use or configurations, in the arrival or departure trajectories, or in the number of planned operations during peak airport traffic scenarios.
The new procedures will also result in improved environmental sustainability through lower aircraft emissions thanks to optimised trajectories and more efficient operations, in keeping with the goals to preserve the Red Natura 2000 sites flown over and the birds that inhabit them.