Norway-based air navigation service (ANS) provider Avinor, in cooperation with Finland’s ANS provider Finavia, has introduced new air traffic services across the border of the two countries.

Located in the north of Norway, Kirkenes Airport will offer new services covering parts of Finnish airspace, as well as enable more efficient and safe flight operations at the airport.

Developed under the North European Functional Airspace Block (NEFAB) programme, the new cross border air traffic services aim to optimise airspace between participating ANS providers in Norway, Estonia, Finavia, and Latvia.

"The cross border services with Norway are a good proof of how we are working in NEFAB towards building more efficient airspace structures."

Finavia senior vice-president Raine Luojus said: “The cross border services with Norway are a good proof of how we are working in NEFAB towards building more efficient airspace structures for the benefit our customers, and are one among many other initiatives.

“Finavia has worked close with Avinor in the past years, as the two countries have exchanged civilian radar data, thus reducing the investment needs of both companies.”

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The cross border services have been introduced after an agreement, signed by Avinor and Finavia earlier in 2016.

Under the deal, Avinor will provide air navigation services across Kirkenes' terminal control area, which will be expanded to include Finnish airspace.

The company currently operates 46 state-owned airports and air navigation services for civilian and military aviation in Norway.

Finavia is involved in the maintenance and development of 22 airports and Finland’s air navigation system.

Image: New air traffic services will optimise navigation across the Norway / Finland border. Photo: courtesy of Finavia.