Airspace design and utilisation

Drawing airspace highways to make the network safer and more efficient.

About

With over forty countries and more than ten million flights a year, Europe has some of the busiest and most complex airspace in the world. EUROCONTROL, acting as the Network Manager, ensures that this airspace is safely and efficiently designed, planned and managed.

At the same time, we provide alternative solutions to increase capacity and flight efficiency, make the best possible use of the available airspace resources and to accommodate the needs of all airspace users, civil and military. While modernising Europe's air traffic management system, we work to reduce operational costs and airspace fragmentation, and to reduce the impact of aviation on the environment.

Planned and expected savings
100 million

fewer nautical miles flown

600,000

tons of fuel saved

2 million

tons in emissions reduced

500 million

Euros in fuel saved

Our tools

DDR

Demand data repository

ERNIP tool

European route network improvement plan tool

FUA Toolkit

Flexible use of airspace toolkit

National AIRAC publication review

NEST

Network strategic tool

SAAM

System for traffic assignment and analysis at a macroscopic level

R&D activities

At EUROCONTROL we work on R&D activities to support the deployment of optimum airspace configurations across European airspace.

Our objective is to help the network adapt to changes in demand patterns within a free route environment, ensuring the best possible balance between performance targets and operational requirements.

Dynamic airspace configurations, integrated local dynamic capacity balancing processes, new flight planning services, user driven prioritisation process, shared 4D trajectory information are some of the solutions which will help deliver a more integrated, consistent and accurate picture of Europe's airspace.

Simulation and validation services

Have all your ATM concepts validated by neutral experts.

Latest highlights

Press release

A6 Alliance and the EUROCONTROL Network Manager reinforce their commitment to the modernisation and digitalisation of Air Traffic Management

NM Summer story 2022
News

Managing rising demand to fly, in difficult circumstances

Towards pandemic-resilient airports
Article

Towards pandemic-resilient airports

Optimised flight planning banner
News

The EUROCONTROL Network Manager continues to ensure more efficient, sustainable flights even in challenging circumstances

20 years anniversary of RVSM
Article

Celebrating 20 years of Reduced Vertical Separation

Flight Efficiency
News

Trials for dynamic flight planning restrictions aim to make flights more direct and more sustainable