French air navigation service provider (ANSP) DSNA has agreed to collaborate with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for the development of a French air traffic management (ATM) strategy (FAS).
Over the next two decades, passenger demand in France is expected to increase significantly by 58%, which will see an additional 68 million travellers a year flying to, from and within the country by 2035.
In order to meet the growing demand, DSNA needs to optimise its airspace, in addition to upgrading its ATM.
This will also help ensure aircraft safety while reducing costs, carbon emissions and flight delays, along with generating significant economic benefits.
DSNA chief executive officer Maurice Georges said: “I welcome this initiative, which together with our customers and partners will allow us to build solutions to face air traffic challenges now and in the future.
“By strengthening its collaborative decision-making process in order to update its strategic master plan, DSNA is helping ensure France’s skies are ready to maximise connectivity and prosperity for all.”
In 2035, a completely optimised airspace system in France will be able to provide an additional €33bn in an annual gross domestic product (GDP) and create an extra 105,000 job opportunities every year.
The three major components of the FAS comprise airspace management, human resources management and technical advancement of its ATM systems.
Currently, planning for the ATM Strategy in France is already underway.