• we work together to keep the skies safe
  • we work together to keep the skies safe
  • we work together to keep the skies safe

FABEC - we work together to keep the skies safe

Since June 2013, the Functional Airspace Block Europe Central, known as FABEC is officially in operation. It comprises the airspace of the six FABEC States of Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland and is one of the busiest in the world. FABEC handles about 5.8 million flights per year - 55% of European air traffic.



In 2016, air traffic controllers guided 5.79 million flights (+ 3.2 percent) safely and punctually through the FABEC airspace. This was an all-time high for traffic volume, topping the historical peak reached in 2007.

Air traffic punctuality remains good. 94.1 percent of all flights experienced no delays caused by air traffic control, 97.5 percent less than 15 minutes delay (ATFM en-route delays).

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Latest Media Releases

  • 11/Dec/2017Deployment of Free Route Airspace in the core area of Europe on the fast track
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  • 06/Dec/2017Operations: Further improvement of airspace management in the European Core Area - Additional Direct Routes available in Swiss airspace
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  • 29/Nov/2017Operations: «Aix-Geneva»-Interface: improved dynamic cross-border sectorisation between France and Switzerland increases safety and fluidity
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  • 23/Oct/2017New-generation voice communications system goes live for better- performing and more secure air traffic management
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  • 16/Oct/2017Understanding weather phenomena in ATM: Need for further analysis of weather phenomena impacting air traffic confirmed by MET Alliance investigation
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  • 13/Oct/2017FABEC Training Conference attracts participants from all over the world
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XMAN Extended Arrival Management

Extended Arrival Management XMAN enables an optimised traffic flow into the major airports within and close to the FABEC airspace to generate performance improvements especially in terms of environment (CO2 and fuel-burn reduction), safety (reduction in stack holding) and capacity (reduction in traffic bunching/workload).

The idea of XMAN is described in a new video.

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Inside ANSPs

  • DSNA | 13/Oct/2017DSNA and IATA to cooperate on French ATM Strategy
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  • Belgocontrol | 23/Jun/2017Extension of maintenance contract with Thales
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  • EUROCONTROL | 19/Jun/2017Netherlands Airspace Vision gains new ground with civil-military integration in Dutch upper airspace
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  • Belgocontrol | 16/Jun/201770% of green landings at Brussels Airport in 2016
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  • Belgocontrol | 26/May/2017Belgocontrol ensures service provision at Ostend airport through collaboration with NATS
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  • skyguide | 01/May/2017Students rank skyguide among Switzerland’s Most Attractive Employers
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Free Route

FABEC ANSPs agreed on one common concept of operations to ensure a harmonised implementation. First implementations will take place in December 2017 in the Maastricht airspace and in spring 2018 in the German airspace.

To ensure smooth implementation airspace users, the Network Manager and dispatch providers are closely involved in the project.

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Upcoming Events

  • 13/Dec/2017DFS / Free Route Airspace workshop
    HQ DFS Langen
  • 29/Jan/20182nd FABEC RAD Workshop
    DFS, Langen
  • 31/Jan/2018InterFAB Performance Workshop
    Bulatsa, Sofia
  • 06/Mar/2018World ATM Congress 2018
  • 13/Mar/2018SC Operations + Head of ACC Group
    DSNA, Paris
  • 15/May/2018Research Workshop on Volatility in Air Traffic and its impact on ATM Performance
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  • 20/Jun/2018SC Operations
    skyguide, Zurich
  • 19/Sep/2018SC Operations
    MUAC, Maastricht
  • 12/Dec/2018SC OPS/62
    Belgocontrol, Brussels