COBRA: Cutting complexity in FABEC airspace

Maastricht UAC ATCOs

Final part of DFS and EUROCONTROL MUAC’s large-spectrum airspace optimisation plan goes live

On 24 March 2022, the final part of COBRA, the Cooperative Optimization of Boundaries, Routes and Airspace project, went operational.

Launched in June 2020 by two air navigation service providers – DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) and EUROCONTROL’s Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC) – COBRA revises common boundaries to improve flight paths, and reduces the need for coordination and tactical interventions in one of the most complex airspace structures worldwide.

Airspace users benefit from optimal profiles and shorter routes that reduce fuel burn and lower emissions, as well as from increased as well as optimised capacity. The final Central COBRA package, together with the West package implemented in October 2021, shows the potential to save up to 1,233 flight hours, 3,781 tons of fuel and 11,910 tons of CO2 annually, based on 2019 traffic figures.

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