FABEC Free route airspace adds Swiss entire upper airspace, ad-joining French airspace, and German cross-border routes

Free Route Airspace represents a fundamental change to the way airlines submit their flight plans. In place of the ATS Route Network, operators can plan routes between defined horizontal entry and exit points and select the optimum flight paths to suit their needs. This enables airlines to plan more direct routes and flight plans to align more closely with the actual route flown and to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
FABEC has been implementing FRA in the densest and most complex European airspace in a stepwise approach.

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Workshop3rd FABEC Vertical Flight Efficiency (VFE) Expert Workshop7 December 2022 / Nice Airport

Registration is open for the 3rd Vertical Flight Efficiency (VFE) Expert Workshop to be held on the 7th December, 2022 at Nice Airport. The event focusses on the development of concrete plans for more efficient flight operations. We look forward to announcing our detailed agenda of speakers and to seeing you in Nice! 


Key-findings Research Workshop: "Single European Sky and Resilience in ATM"

Academics and practitioners convened in September 2022 in Sofia upon invitation by DANUBE FAB and FABEC to explore future solutions to deal with exogenous shocks, to improve predictability and increase resilience.

Find here the first findings.

Fast factsCauses of CODA delay

CODA delay comes down to a measurement of how punctual a flight is. On time arrival = happy customers! But it's not always so clear cut as to what causes a flight to not be on time. The statistics shown are quite interesting and to help clarify this topic. Many factors are involved and many organisations will work together to improve. 

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96% of flights in FABEC region depart with little or no ATC delay

Having a look at ATC delay during the first half of this year, it's great to report that more than 95% of flights departed with less than a 15-minute ATC delay.

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Our Data Cockpit gives you easy access to many different types of data from the ATC world. Year-to-date and monthly views of movement figures, delay performance and flight efficiency are frequently updated and allow you to compare developments and evaluate traffic, delay and environmental patterns. We will continue to expand the topics included over time.

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Innovation is key for a dynamic industry such as aviation.

Thus, the 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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Research WorkshopClimate Change Documentation of Research Workshop in Vilnius available

In October about hundred experts from all over Europe gathered in Vilnius to provide their insights on this very important, but also extremely complex issue of climate change in aviation. Having in mind the outstanding contributions and discussion a documentation has been compiled aiming to share the results of the workshop.

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  • Punctuality

    On time arrival means efficiency and customer satisfaction

    Timely, reliable flight schedules ensure passengers reach their destinations on time, build customer confidence and allow the industry to make optimum use of available capacity.

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  • Resilience

    Building a robust framework

    The COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine showed that European ATM the importance to maintain critical infrastructure. Further insights are expected from a research workshop in Sofia exploring the subject.

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  • EU - US Benchmark

    Accepting diversity

    For decades, attempts have been made to compare American and European air traffic control - without success, as the two organisations are too different. It's like apples and pears - both taste good but are different.

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  • 05 DEC 2022FABEC Free route airspace adds Swiss entire upper airspace, adjoining French airspace, and German cross-border routes
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  • 08 NOV 2022FABEC and ATCA sign Joint Declaration to deepen information exchange and cooperation
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  • 16 SEP 2022Turbulent times – academics and experts seek solutions for more resilient air traffic management
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  • 23 AUG 2022FABEC participates in NASA contrail avoidance workshop
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  • 06 DEC 2022XMAN PMT#59 & Dev. Group#19 meeting
  • 07 DEC 2022Expert workshop "Vertical Flight Efficiency"
  • 08 DEC 2022PMG 99
  • 13 DEC 2022AIM TF #39
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The airspace of the six FABEC States of Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland is one of the busiest and most complex in the world.

The majority of major European airports, major civil airways and military training areas are located in this area. FABEC airspace covers 1.7 million km and handles about 5.8 million flights per year - 55% of European air traffic.