Aircraft operators may now choose their own trajectories through the airspace of these four states from 00.01am until 06.00am local time.
From April 2019, Slovakia plans to allow FRA in its airspace for a longer period of the day. On 27 November 2019, the three states which began the initiative plan to extend the availability of cross-border operations for the whole day, with the launch of the SEE FRA project: South East Europe Free Route Airspace.
Commenting on the 6 December 2018 achievement, Ján Marko, head of LPS SR’s ATM Planning and Procedures Department, said: “The main enabler and driver of the airspace changes at European level is EUROCONTROL, particularly the Network Manager. Thanks to the involvement and good will of all stakeholders - namely EUROCONTROL Member States and the EUROCONTROL Agency - aircraft operators will be able to fly optimised profiles and use less fuel, so reducing aviation’s environmental footprint.”