Managing a network

FABEC airspace is one of the busiest and most complex in the world. Air traffic controllers from across FABEC guide approximately 16,000 flights in their airspace every day, resulting in about eight million every year. They ensure the safe and punctual handling of air traffic flying within Europe as well as those flying out to destinations around the world. To accomplish this, operations have to be understood as a network requiring optimal cooperation between all partners. Each activity — be it local, regional or FABEC-wide — influences the overall performance to the benefit of airspace users and – in consequence – all European citizens. 

Based on the mutual understanding that airspace is a common asset, FABEC operations incorporate both civil and military operations. Our military partners are involved in-depth and on all levels to ensure that military mission effectiveness is ensured.

Just as FABEC airspace is embedded in the centre of Europe, we are also a major contributor to the overall performance of the European aviation network. To ensure its efficiency, we have set up a strong collaboration with the Network Manager and our neighbouring functional airspace blocks.


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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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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