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EUROCONTROL States agree a €1.1 billion deferral package to assist airlines

April 13, 2020

The EUROCONTROL Member States have agreed a financial package enabling airlines to defer the payment of up to €1.1 billion of air traffic control fees due for payment to Europe’s air traffic management industry in the coming months. As a result of COVID-19, the number of flights operating daily in European airspace has declined by… Read More ›

European aviation facing serious capacity challenges now and in the future

At the ACI General Assembly held in Brussels today, Eamonn Brennan, Director General of EUROCONTROL, addressed the capacity challenges faced by European aviation in 2018 and in the future. His keynote address underlined that the first five months of 2018 have seen much higher delays than in recent years. Traffic has increased by 3.4% (compared… Read More ›

Better and safer data flows for aviation: EUROCONTROL selects BT for NewPENS

Following a common procurement action, EUROCONTROL and forty-one industry partners, primarily air navigation service providers (ANSPs), today launched a new contract with BT for the provision and management of a secure and highly resilient New Pan-European Network Service (NewPENS). The 10-year contract has an estimated total value of more than €50 million. The new, ultra-resilient… Read More ›

Enhanced Tactical Flow Management System outage – situational update

he issue with the ETFMS system has been identified and action is underway to return to normal operations. However, flight plans filed before 10.26 UTC were lost and aircraft operators have been requested to refile these flight plans for all aircraft that have not yet departed. The ATFM contingency plan will be maintained for the… Read More ›

iTEC partners and EUROCONTROL to jointly develop interoperability capabilities essential for a Single European Sky

EUROCONTROL, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, through its Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC), and the Founding Members of the iTEC Collaboration, some of Europe’s largest ANSP’s, today (Wednesday 7March) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly develop components that will enable interoperability between their respective Air Traffic Management systems… Read More ›

Germany completes the integration of civil and military air traffic management in its airspace

As from today, air traffic controllers at EUROCONTROL’s Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC) will be providing integrated civil and military air navigation services in the Hannover Upper Information Region (UIR) – the upper airspace (above 24,500 feet) of the north-west of Germany. The overarching objectives of the integration are to improve the air traffic… Read More ›

Way forward for Air/Ground Data Communication Services in Europe

  The 41 Member States of EUROCONTROL have mandated the Agency to prepare for the deployment of the European Air/Ground Data Communication Service (EAGDCS). A Directive to this effect from the Organisation’s governing body has been approved, in full consistency with the European Union Council Decision in June this year (2016/1124) that entrusted EUROCONTROL with… Read More ›

EUROCONTROL, the FAA and the EU issue their latest report on the U.S./Europe Comparison of Air Traffic Management-Related Operational Performance

The 2015 Comparison of Air Traffic Management-Related Operational Performance has just been released. This U.S./Europe benchmarking report updates the previous edition which was published two years ago. The document is a joint publication of the Air Traffic Organization System Operations Services of the FAA and EUROCONTROL on behalf of the European Union in the interest… Read More ›

Harmonisation of the national Rules for military Operational Air Traffic in the Single European Sky.

EUROCONTROL is publishing today a complete set of specifications for harmonized Rules applicable to the predominant type of military air traffic (Operational Air Traffic – OAT) flying under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) inside controlled airspace of the ECAC area. The document, referred to as EUROAT, is the result of a number of years of sustained effort… Read More ›

PENS transitions successfully into operations for inter-centre coordination in Europe.

The Pan European Network Service (PENS) is now the operational network for the exchange of coordination messages between the Air Traffic Control (ATC) Centres of NATS in Swanwick (UK) and the Maastricht Upper Area Centre (MUAC) in the Netherlands. PENS allows ATC Centres to exchange flight information data securely and efficiently by using IP (Internet protocol)… Read More ›

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