EUROCONTROL Workshop on Free Route Airspace marked by new South East Common Sky Initiative

8 March 2017

At the World ATM Congress in Madrid today, EUROCONTROL ran a workshop on the latest developments in the implementation of Free Route Airspace (FRA) in Europe. FRA allows aircraft to fly more direct routes, reducing fuel burn and cutting delays. 

FRA is most effective when it operates cross-border, with aircraft not constrained by specific crossing points on the borders between countries. Two existing cross-border initiatives in the important south east region of Europe are SAXFRA (Slovenia/Austria) and SEAFRA (Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia). At the workshop, representatives from the five air navigation service providers from these countries signed a memorandum of cooperation aimed at merging SAXFRA and SEAFRA, which will generate even greater benefits for European aviation and is a significant step towards achieving a common European Free Route Airspace by 2022.

EUROCONTROL’s Joe Sultana, Director Network Manager, commented “This is an excellent example of how cross-border Free Route Airspace progresses in Europe, even in complex airspace. The detailed and innovative work conducted by the five ANSPs in close coordination with the Network Manager makes this initiative a tangible example of how the European ATM network can be optimised"

Read the Austro Control press release for more information on the memorandum of cooperation:

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