Preparing for the Euro 2016 kick-off

8 June 2016

From 10 June to 10 July 2016, France will host UEFA’s 15th edition of the European football championships. Over 50 matches will be held in Paris, Lens, Lille, Lyon, St-Etienne, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseilles and Nice.

A large-scale sporting event like this, which attracts a sizeable following, needs careful attention to minimise impact on the air traffic management network. The Network Manager and experts have to make sure that supporters, referees and teams flying to and around France have the best travelling experience possible.

It's all about teamwork

The Network Manager Operations Centre (NMOC) in Brussels has been working closely with COHOR, the French association for the coordination of schedules and allocation of slots; DSNA, the French Air Navigation Service Provider; and the Euro 2016 Working Group. Together, we have drawn up the most likely scenarios in order to pinpoint potential peaks in traffic and work out ways of dealing with them.

COHOR has already implemented a set of rules and procedures for affected airports to apply during Euro 2016, so allowing them to handle their usual traffic but also to accommodate the additional traffic generated by the tournament.

All aircraft operators have been informed about the specific rules that apply to the airports in question as well as about the enforcement procedure: all flights, regardless of category, departing from or arriving at any of the coordinated airports during the championship, will have to have an airport slot. The airport slot will be delivered 48 hours in advance for the knockout round, the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and the final.

We know from long experience that the semi-finals and the final will have the most impact on traffic demand. Successfully managing this traffic depends heavily on human support and good coordination. So, a daily teleconference will be held by the DSNA and the Network Manager throughout the championships. Together, we will cover each tactical and pre-tactical aspect of the operations.

All you have to do is to follow your favourite team – we will look after the air traffic!

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