Research & SESAR

Together with our partners, we are developing innovative technologies and operational procedures, providing unique simulation capabilities to deliver improved network performance and to contribute to aviation’s global interoperability.  14 million flights are expected in 2035 in Europe alone, so better performance is essential in maintaining the smooth flow of air traffic.

The ambitious SESAR 2020 programme plays a major role in achieving this goal. The programme demonstrates the viability of solutions which have already been developed and promotes high-performance, integrated European aviation. As a co-founder of the SESAR Joint Undertaking, fully supporting the Single European Sky, we have recently renewed our involvement in the programme.  

In partnership, we provide air traffic management expertise to all SESAR industrial research projects and very large scale demonstrations. These projects cover the airport, en-route & TMA and trajectory management areas, as well as the network management and infrastructure aspects required to facilitate operational projects. We lead those projects which are dedicated to pan-European network performance:

•    Master Plan maintenance (PJ20)
•    Content integration (PJ19)
•    Increased runway and airport throughput (PJO2)
•    Enhanced safety nets for en-route traffic and TMA operations (PJ11)
•    Optimised airspace user operations (PJ07)
•    Advanced airspace management (PJ08)
•    Advanced demand/capacity balancing – DCB (PJ09)
•    Network collaborative management (VLD24)

In addition we provide active guidance and support to academia and research organisations for exploratory research.

With our unique expertise, knowledge and capabilities as an independent and neutral pan-European technical air traffic management organisation, we help deliver the Single European Sky vision, supporting the interests of the European network as a whole.

Latest news

As air traffic continues to grow, innovative runway throughput solutions are starting to play an increasingly important role. October saw ANSPs, airports, industry, aviation authorities and research institutes travel to EUROCONTROL for a successful demo of new solutions.

9 January 2017
EUROCONTROL and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) recently...
21 December 2016
Fifty airport and industry stakeholders came to the...
21 December 2016
SESAR 2020 PJ24 aiming at Network Collaborative Management...
1 December 2016
Following its official start on 1 November 2016, SESAR 2020...


24 February 2017
This is an advance EUROCONTROL document covering the next...
20 January 2017
This document describes the current human-machine interface...


17 May 2017 to 18 May 2017