Airspace users can fly direct routes across the entire EUROCONTROL Maastricht Upper Area Control (MUAC) airspace following the introduction of free route airspace (FRA) at night and at weekends.
We offer free route airspace between FL245 and FL660 every night between 23:00 - 05:00 (22:00 - 04:00) UTC and during weekends from Friday 23:00 (22:00) to Monday 05:00 (04:00) UTC. It operates in addition to the existing air traffic services (ATS) route network and Route Availability Document (RAD) Appendix 4 Direct Routing (DCTs).
We will implement free route airspace around the clock throughout our airspace on 5 December 2019, along with the removal of the ATS route network and any direct routings currently published via the RAD.
This is well in advance of the European Commission’s 2022 deadline to implement Free Route Airspace to realise substantial savings in flight time and emissions, bringing airspace management a step closer to trajectory-based operations.