A blessing and a curse

Fragmentation in Europe’s air traffic management (ATM) system has long been blamed for slow progress towards the creation of a Single European Sky. But without a clear understanding of how and why fragmentation occurs it is hard to determine the best way to manage its impact. Fragmentation is found in many areas: from the institutional bodies that govern ATM activity, to the service providers who manage the airspace. It is reflected in the route variations derived from computerised flight plan service providers and in the array of different military airspace areas. It can result in additional procedures, but it can also lead to improved performance and enhanced efficiency at local level. For example, devolving decisions relating to arrival streams at complex airports enables local factors such as weather and traffic patterns to determine optimum routing.

Air traffic management is one element within the wider aviation ecosystem where all actors need to play a part in improved performance.

Research Workshop
Fragmentation in Air Traffic and its Impact on ATM Performance
14-15 May 2019 in Budapest

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).

Four panels and a total of 14 presentations were held at the workshop. There are three different ways to get hold of all the content that was presented there and debated on:

Firstly, there is a dynamic PDF file that you can flip through.

Secondly, you can download each presentation below:

There is also a hardcover book available that serves as a compilation of the key messages and all the papers provided. If you would like to order a free copy, please, send us an email: ruediger.mandry[at]