Airspace utilisation

Coordinating the utilisation and implementation of the European route network.

At EUROCONTROL, one of our goals as Network Manager (NM) is to maximise the capacity of the airspace. To do so we coordinate the utilisation and the implementation of the European route network on behalf of our Member States and operational stakeholders - civil and military airspace users, civil and military air navigation service providers (ANSPs), airport operators, etc.

Route Availability Document

To this end we publish and regularly update the Route Availability Document (RAD) - a compendium and centralised source of information about the availability of the airspace and utilisation rules. This information is communicated by the air navigation service providers (ANSPs), is coordinated for 56 days and published 28 days prior to the start of the relevant aeronautical information regulation and control (AIRAC) cycle.

The RAD updates include both structural and air traffic flow and capacity management (ATFCM) requirements, detailed geographically and vertically.

They are produced following an appropriate collaborative decision-making (CDM) process between EUROCONTROL's Network Manager and operational stakeholders.

Access our RAD portlet

Find all the latest RAD updates via our online tool.

User manual

As part of the RAD process, our role, responsibilities and relations with other responsible bodies involved are clearly described in our Route Availability Document (RAD) User Manual. The document constitutes the fourth part of European Route Network Improvement Plan (ERNIP).