Sharing the content of an airport’s operation plan with EUROCONTROL as Network Manager is a key step in having a complete picture of the expected traffic situation.
At EUROCONTROL, our goal is to establish a common, bi-directional data exchange between airports and the network through our system-wide information management (SWIM) concept. Thus, EUROCONTROL and SESAR Partners have developed the Collaborative NOP concept to further connect airports to the network.
Our efforts are in support of the European Implementing Regulation 2021/116, Common Project 1 (CP1), section 4.1.2. Such legislation will require EUROCONTROL, in its capacity as Network Manager, to establish a collaborative NOP with exchange of information from the operation plans of the main airports in the NM area into the Network Operations Plan (NOP).
In the collaborative NOP, airports share operational arrival and departure planning information earlier (beyond the current A-CDM process) with EUROCONTROL. This helps to optimise predictability thus helping airports with limited runway capacity and enhancing network performance.