Performance Insight #7 - Reorganising ATS with Virtual Centres

The objective of this PRC Performance Insight edition is to look at how ATM capacity and scalability will be impacted by the technical transformation process and new operational concepts, taking the example of virtualisation in general and virtual centres in particular.

Although COVID has had a major impact on traffic levels and also on the expected rate of growth in the future, EUROCONTROL’s latest long term forecast is for some 16 million flights in 2050, 5 million more than in 2019. Accordingly, Europe’s ATM system will need to evolve, including introducing concepts such as Virtual Centres.

The Performance Insight looks in detail at a number of different approaches to virtualisation and examines what progress is already being made in this area. It also looks at what benefits might be expected and what issues need to be addressed.

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This PRC Performance Insight document, has been prepared by the EUROCONTROL Performance Review Unit (PRU) for the Performance Review Commission (PRC).

The PRC conducts independent measurement, assessment and review of the performance of the Pan-European Air Navigation Services (ANS) system, including its contribution to the efficiency of Pan-European aviation. The PRC strives to identify future improvements and makes recommendations as appropriate.

The PRC maintains open and transparent dialogue with relevant parties, including but not limited to States, Air Navigation Service Providers, Airspace Users, Airports, social dialogue partners, civil-military organisations, international and national organisations, etc. The PRC conducts research into the development of performance measurement. This includes, inter alia, investigating how performance could best be described/measured in the long-term, developing and testing proposals for future indicators and metrics and contributing to future improvements in performance.

The PRC disseminates the results of its analysis to relevant parties, provided that no sensitive data are involved, in order to demonstrate the PRC’s commitment to transparency and to promote the application of PRC analysis.

The PRC produces independent ad-hoc studies, either on its own initiative and/or at the request of relevant parties.


Performance Insight #7: Reorganising ATS with Virtual Centres