Major Air Traffic Management project receives EU support

An essential project in the development of the Functional Airspace Block Europe Central (FABEC) will receive almost €13.8 million in EU support from the 2010 TEN-T Multi-Annual Call.
The study will identify solutions to further implement the Single European Sky II (SES II) legislation and aims to improve safety, capacity and environmental performance of air transport, as well as reduce costs.

The FABEC project, which will last until the end of 2012, involves five EU Member States: France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg plus cooperation with Switzerland.

The project includes 13 activities covering a wide range of essential issues from the development of a new airspace design and cost-efficiency measures in the areas of Communication, Navigation & Surveillance services (CNS) to human resources-related issues like training and working conditions.

The ultimate objective is to contribute to the establishment of the Functional Airspace Block in the countries concerned by 2012 and to thus significantly improve Air Traffic Management in the region.

The airspace of the six FABEC countries, is one of the busiest in the world as most of the major European airports, civil airways and military training areas are located in this area. Around 5.5 million flights take place every year in the region (55% of all European air traffic) and over 17,000 people work for air navigation service providers of the FABEC.

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