This project’s overall aim was to reduce costs for the provision of Air Navigation Services (ANS) in Denmark and Sweden.
The idea was to align the region’s Air Traffic Management (ATM) with both the European Commission’s Single European Sky (SES) legislation and the respective national strategic guidelines, as well as to integrate the two companies providing ATM services: LFV of Sweden and Naviair of Denmark.
The SES legislation provided the foundation for organising European airspace into Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs) according to traffic flows instead of national borders. FABs are important in making European airspace safer and more efficient and will prepare it for the predicted doubling of air traffic levels by 2020.
In this framework, ANS providers within each FAB should coordinate together to ensure their airspace is correctly and efficiently managed. For the establishment of the Danish and Swedish FAB and the integration of the en-route areas, LFV and Naviair used the TEN-T co-funded study to look at the various possible business cases for closer mutual cooperation. When the study was completed, they set up an interim operational alliance which paved the way for the creation of NUAC HB in 2009, a subsidiary jointly owned by Naviair and LFV.
Benefits of the project
NUAC HB started providing operational support at the beginning of 2011. From mid-2012, NUAC will take over the operations of the three air traffic control centres from Naviair and LFV. It will deliver air traffic services in the Danish/Swedish FAB — the first integrated ANS provider to do so in a FAB.
By creating NUAC and giving it the responsibility of delivering the en-route services in the Danish and Swedish FAB, Naviair and LFV have managed to reduce costs, streamline decision making and ensure that a professional, efficient ANS service is delivered. However, the advantages don't stop here and are not only for the companies involved. Through the integration and establishment of the FAB and NUAC, the programme can deliver shorter flight times between the regional airports, thus reducing journey times for travellers and lowering the environmental impact of the air sector.
The completion of the NUAC programme also benefits the EU as a whole, as it increases flight capacity within the airspace block and ensures that transit traffic is more efficiently handled.
Concretely, establishing the FAB and NUAC leads to the following savings:
- 5,296 fewer flying hours per year, equalling a savings of €9,278,088
- 52,000 tonnes of CO₂ per year, or €4,588,079 annually
- €21,156,056 in airline operator costs
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Member States involved:
Denmark and Sweden
Start date: January 2003
End date: December 2010
Start date: April 2004
End date: December 2010
Beneficiaries & Implementing bodies:
LFV (Luftfartsverket) - Swedish air navigation service provider
Naviair - Danish air navigation service provider
Visit the info pages about this project (2003-SE-1408-S and 2004-DK-90403-S)