It is in response to the COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 677/2011 of 7 July 2011 (laying down the detailed rules for the implementation of air traffic management (ATM) network functions and amending Regulation (EU) No 691/2010).
It contains general principles, detailed technical specifications and methods of application for a common airspace design and change process in Europe.
The guidelines contained in this document have been developed to support the European airspace design process in that overall performance is improved and airspace structures are developed in a harmonised manner. The document will be reviewed periodically so it remains valid in light of the progress made and experience gained, and to reflect the actual changes that take place in aviation.
The European Airspace Design Methodology is mainly focused on providing general guidance and technical specifications for airspace designers.