Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovak Republic and Slovenia have today signed an agreement to create the "Functional Airspace Block Central Europe" (FAB CE) an important step towards achieving the Single European Sky.
European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, responsible for transport, said: "The FAB CE agreement is an important achievement bringing together five European Union Member States and two neighbouring States into a structured cooperation to better manage the airspace and optimise the provision of air navigation services to deliver the performance requested by airspace users. In view of the location of the FAB on the South-East axis and the forecasted growth in traffic in this area, its success will depend on the efficient implementation of the cooperation structures and optimisation of the air navigation service provision."
The creation of functional airspace blocks is one of the cornerstones of the Single European Sky. They are an important driver to deliver increased performance and will change the landscape of air traffic management (ATM) services. For air navigation service providers, the creation of the functional airspace blocks opens cooperation opportunities, which will facilitate a response to the new binding performance targets established under the Single European Sky legislation. FAB CE will involve a high density airspace with main traffic flows East-West, often crossing multiple Air Navigation Service Providers towards the northern part of the airspace. Traffic increases to the western and southern parts of the FAB.
The FAB CE agreement creates the framework, general conditions and governance under which the contracting states intend to ensure air traffic management and the provision of air navigation services in the context of the Single European Sky legislation.
FAB CE will be governed by a Council (the decision-making body) representing the interests of both civil and military aviation with sub-committees:
- Joint Civil Military Airspace Coordination Committee (JCMACC) for strategic coordination of national airspace management and airspace design policies, air traffic flow and capacity management processes and civil-military cooperation.
- The National Supervisory Authorities Coordination Committee (NSA CC).
- Other bodies established by Council as necessary for implementation, operation and further development of FAB CE.
Ratification of FAB agreement and finalisation of agreements between the National Supervisory Authorities and the Air Navigation Service Providers.
More information: FAB CE web site and also: European Commission