By dynamically relaxing selected restrictions for more than 2,500 flights, per flight an average of 44 kg of fuel has been saved and 138 kg CO2 emissions reduced. These initial results confirm that this improved measure could contribute significantly to lowering aviation’s environmental impact.
The NM’s “dynamic RAD live trials” have been designed to validate both the concept and the feasibility of dynamically managing restrictions in such a way that they could temporarily be disabled depending on specific traffic levels, adding a flexibility that will further improve flight planning options for airspace users.
These activities complement the EUROCONTROL NM initiative, in cooperation with ANSPs, to suspend temporarily more than 1,200 network restrictions when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit European aviation in March 2020. This allowed airspace users to improve their flight planning options and promoted more efficient trajectories. These measures have been extended until 24 March 2022.