Eurocontrol takes Europe’s single sky a step closer


Eurocontrol takes Europe’s single sky a step closer

Rebecca Thomson

Europe’s air navigation agency, Eurocontrol, has inaugurated a new Operations Room to cater for increasing levels of traffic and demand for air space.

Eurocontrol’s Central Flow Management Unit (CFMU) will optimise the capacity in Europe’s skies as the demand for air space by airlines grows.

European air traffic management has been plagued by inefficiency with governments unwilling to give up control of their airspaces, meaning air routes follow national borders instead of air traffic flows.

The agency hopes the planned Single European Sky will mean they can cope with the huge surge of demand expected over the next decade. The new CFMU will pay a “key role” in bringing about a single sky, the agency said.

European skies currently play host to 28,000 flights on their busiest days, and this is expected to double by 2020.

The operations room displays the weather over the continent, the air traffic over the North Atlantic and the route of each aeroplane in European airspace.

Eurocontrol director general Victor Aguado said, “The CFMU’s central position and flexibility enables Europe to handle major planned and unplanned events, while ensuring that our delays remain low. It is an operational cornerstone of the Single Sky in Europe.”

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