Single European Sky

Single European Sky is an ambitious bid to reform the architecture of European air traffic control to meet future capacity and safety needs.

Improved air traffic and aircraft positioning and communication technologies, such as GALILEO - which are at the heart of the Single European Sky - offer opportunities for significant improvements in the efficiency and safety of air travel. Visit: European Commission

Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) is the name given to the collaborative project that is intended to completely overhaul the European airspace and its Air Traffic Management (ATM) using those advanced technologies. Visit: SESAR Joint Undertaking


FAB CE and BLUE MED strike inter-FAB deal

A cooperation deal between FAB Central Europe and the BLUE MED Functional Airspace Block has been struck to better coordinate the future of European air … More ››

Hungarian CPDLC to improve efficiency

HungaroControl has launched a large-scale CPDLC (Controller Pilot Data Link Communications) project with the aim of developing the Hungarian air traffic infrastructure with the most … More ››

EASA presses on with ATCO licence

A European Aviation Safety Agency committee has now approved a draft regulatory proposal that would harmonize training and certification standards for air traffic controllers throughout … More ››

Brussels warns 18 to make FABs work

Brussels has formally requested 18 countries from six different Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs) to work far harder to improve the way in which they manage … More ››

Moving Targets

Table two: China Main Destinations (number of flights) - overview table (2003-2013)
ADS (Approved Destination Status) initialled during the 30 October 2003 EU-China Summit in Beijing. Memorandum of Understanding signed on 12 February 2004.
ADS implemented in 2004 (UK, Denmark = 2005)
Destination 	2003 	2004 	2005 	2006 	2007 	2008 	2009 	2010 	2011 	2012 	2013
Germany 	1,602 	2,252 	2,786 	3,519 	4,054 	4,473 	4,253 	4,594 	4,890 	4,854 	4,894
Netherlands 	461 	1,138 	1,334 	1,663 	2,450 	2,627 	2,201 	2,416 	2,989 	3,091 	3,271
France 	1,560 	2,404 	2,684 	2,874 	2,836 	2,778 	2,465 	2,595 	2,775 	3,159 	3,204
UK (non- Schengen) 	543 	972 	1,338 	1,532 	1,550 	1,521 	1,324 	1,508 	1,623 	1,878 	2,150
Italy 	191 	365 	731 	779 	827 	853 	861 	814 	1,249 	1,481 	1,232
Turkey (non -Schengen) 	293 	481 	369 	454 	496 	440 	488 	1,063 	1,664 	1,714 	1,211
Finland 	308 	548 	607 	778 	864 	885 	692 	707 	721 	841 	972
Switzerland* 	69 	4 	9 	6 	1 	234 	303 	347 	454 	802 	938
Denmark 	290 	538 	669 	680 	676 	648 	609 	684 	658 	769 	804
Belgium/Luxembourg 	171 	255 	209 	257 	731 	854 	773 	978 	1,206 	681 	483
Sweden 	114 	183 	188 	212 	336 	378 	203 	252 	340 	311 	309
Austria 	129 	350 	510 	622 	342 	325 	375 	717 	491 	254 	256
Spain 	4 	9 	211 	119 	125 	134 	118 	271 	321 	239 	239
* Switzerland: Schengen since 2008

The framework by which each European nation’s air traffic control agency should cut costs to meet Single European Sky targets looks in tatters with some … More ››

NATS signs deal with European airlines

UK’s air traffic control NATS and the Association of European Airlines (AEA) have entered into a strategic partnership to drive the Single European Sky (SES) … More ››

FABEC states define future targets

The FABEC states of Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland have now submitted their second joint FABEC Performance Plan with the European Commission. … More ››

SESAR roll-out gets Brussels green light

The European Commission has agreed on a first set of essential changes for the modernisation of the European air traffic management (ATM) system known as … More ››

European datalink crippled by ATN capacity show-stopper

The cornerstone enabler for 4D trajectory flight appears to be technically impossible due to disastrous system overloads and potentially dangerous radio interference, writes Aimée Turner. … More ››

Gate One admits to SESAR concerns

Seven national air traffic control agencies within one of Europe’s ‘Super-FABs’ fear being left out in the cold as modernising technology starts to be rolled … More ››