• 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 six million flights per year - 55% of European air traffic.

A FABEC Briefing Paper from FABEC States

The achievements of FABEC and its importance to Europe's aviation recovery - and beyond

The value and importance of FABs are often not properly understood. FAB agreements provide a unique template for a single binding legal, technical, institutional and operational basis for neighbouring States to undertake cross-border operations.

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Latest Media Releases

  • 24/Sep/2020FABEC ANSPs signed agreement on cross-border Free Route Airspace
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  • 21/Sep/2020The achievements of FABEC and its importance to Europe’s aviation recovery – and beyond
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  • 15/Sep/2020FABEC ANSPs lifted over 500 route restrictions to optimise flight profiles
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  • 10/Sep/2020FABEC offers 234 new direct flight paths
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  • 29/Jun/2020FABEC introduces shorter Alpine routes over Switzerland and Germany
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  • 17/Jun/2020FABCE – FABEC ANSP Joint Declaration to deepen interFAB cooperation in support of the Single European Sky
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AIM Workshop

Digitalisation - challenging and enabling future AIM
2/3 November 2020 in Berlin

You are invited to attend the InterFAB workshop addressing harmonisation of Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) data. Attendees will learn about opportunities for AIM arising from emerging Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) markets and examine potential new interfaces between AIM and Unmanned Air Traffic Management (UTM).


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FABEC Operations Plan

This interactive map gives an overview of ongoing or planned projects contributing to the FABEC performances targets. It lists local or multilateral projects of the FABEC partners deemed relevant to the FABEC achievement.

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Online Conference

Recruiting in a changing environment
17 November 2020

This one-day forum will explore ways of encouraging a new generation to follow a career in air traffic control and will share expert opinion from across the industry. You are invited to attend the InterFAB online conference on recruitment of air traffic controllers and engineering professionals hosted by FABEC.

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Video: Two different single skies?


Online Research Workshop

Online Research Workshop: Interdependencies within ATM Performance in the context of a dynamic environment
21, 22 and 23 October

BLUE MED FAB and FABEC are happy to invite you to be part of the research workshop that had originally been scheduled to take place this May. It is now going to take place online over three consecutive mornings on 21, 22 and 23 October to bring together industry representatives, researchers and operational delegates . The conference is organised in partnership with the German Aviation Research Society (G.A.R.S.) and the University of Bologna.

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Upcoming Events

  • 28/Sep/2020FC/ANSCB ad-hoc
    Virtual Meeting
  • 30/Sep/2020Social dialogue 2nd layer OPS, SAF, FIN-PERF workshop
  • 02/Oct/2020Inter FAB Coordination Meeting
  • 07/Oct/2020Joint session: SC OPS/69 + AC44 + NM
  • 08/Oct/2020Airspace Users 2020
  • 08/Oct/2020SC OPS/69
  • 12/Oct/2020Social Dialogue Tripartite
    Amsterdam Schiphol
  • 14/Oct/2020NETOPS/28
    ECTL, Brussels
  • 20/Oct/2020FABEC@ETF
  • 02/Nov/2020AIM workshop: Digitalisation – challenging and enabling future AIM
  • 04/Nov/2020FPC 64
  • 05/Nov/2020FB4C45
  • 10/Nov/2020ANSP Strategic Board 88
    DFS, Langen
  • 10/Nov/2020NDOP 27
    ECTL, Brussels
  • 12/Nov/2020AC 45
  • 17/Nov/2020Public Recruiting Workshop
    DFS, Langen
  • 18/Nov/2020NMB 29
    ECTL, Brussels
  • 24/Nov/2020SSC 76
  • 26/Nov/2020PMG/81
  • 30/Nov/20204th FABEC OPS DAY
    DFS, Munich
  • 02/Dec/2020FABEC@ATCEUC
  • 08/Dec/2020FC20 / ANSCB21
  • 08/Dec/2020ANSP Strategic Board 89
    DFS, Langen
  • 09/Dec/2020SC OPS/70
  • 10/Dec/2020Workshop: Vertical Flight Efficiency (VFE) in the FABEC area


FABCE - FABEC Air Navigation Service Provider Joint Declaration signing ceremony
Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 1400-1500 hrs (web-based)

Watch the signing ceremony here


  • 29/Jun/2020FABEC Bulletin #39 (June 2020)
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  • 10/Feb/2020FABEC Bulletin #38 (February 2020)
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  • 20/Jan/2020FABEC Bulletin #37 (December 2019)
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  • 31/Oct/2019FABEC Bulletin #36 (October 2019)
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  • 02/May/2019FABEC Bulletin #35 (May 2019)
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FABEC_ACCs@LinkedIn: Approaching the New Normal

We were always there for you.
FABEC Air Traffic Controllers ensured that vital cargo, repatriation and rescue flights operated safely and efficiently even at the height of the Covid pandemic.
And now, as we take our first steps back to normality, FABEC Controllers are making sure that European aviation can once again play its role for the benefit of people and business.

Listen in to the stories told by our ATCOs!

FABEC Expert Workshop

4th FABEC Expert Workshop: Implementation of Free Route Airspace (FRA)
12 February 2020, IBIS Paris CDG Airport

On 12 February 2020, FABEC organises the 4th Expert Workshop which will focus mainly on the operational topics relating to the implementation of Free Route Airspace (FRA) within FABEC.
The aim of the workshop is to present the upcoming huge change within the European airspace (deletion of the route network above FL195, impact on most flightplans in Europe, complete review of the RAD,...) and to discuss the solutions we can put in place together with NM, CFSPs and airlines.


FABEC Training Seminar

On 29-30 October 2019, FAB Europe Central organised the fourth FABEC Training Seminar at the DFS Academy in Langen, Germany. The agenda focused on ATM Training for the digital generation and covered the recruitment of digital generation trainees, the introduction of and experience with e-learning practices by trainees and instructors.
All the presentations held at the seminar may be downloaded here:

Research Workshop

Fragmentation in Air Traffic and its Impact on ATM Performance

On 14-15 May 2019, FAB Central Europe and FAB Europe Central organised a research workshop on Fragmentation in Air Traffic Management taking place in Budapest, Hungary. The conference was held in partnership with the FSR Florence School of Regulation and the German Aviation Research Society (GARS).

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Baltic FAB and FABEC organised a research workshop "Volatility in Air Traffic and its impact on ATM performance" taking place on 15-16 May 2018 in Warsaw. The conference has being held in partnership with the German Aviation Research society (G.A.R.S.) and the SGH Warsaw School of Economics.

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