Europe has been facing a strong increase of air traffic flow management (ATFM) delays due in particular to airspace capacity constraints. A critical threshold has been reached in the 2018 summer reinforcing the need for improving collaborative processes between Airspace Users (AU) and flow managers in order to reduce costs of delays, better use spare network capacity and minimise the risk of demand instability impacting negatively safety and capacity. There are also strong needs from ANSPs and AUs for increased automation, standardisation of collaborative decision-making (CDM) processes in order to reduce operator’s workload, and operating costs, including the particular case of identified top critical flights according to AU preferences. In the latter case, EUROCONTROL Network Manager Operations Centre (NMOC) also plays a key role in the CDM process.
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