Eurocontrol’s Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC) has begun to provide air traffic control (ATC) services to both civil and military customers in the Netherlands airspace above 24,500ft or 7.5km.

The strategic alliance between military and civil ATC is demonstrated in the airspace vision of the Netherlands and follows up on the mandate received from the 41 member states of Eurocontrol in December 2015.

Eurocontrol director general Frank Brenner said: “After the integration of civil and military air traffic service provision in German airspace last January, this new milestone makes MUAC the first cross-border civil and military air navigation service provider in Europe.

“This is another quantum leap towards the objectives of the Single European Sky (SES), and we look forward to more developments towards full civil and military integration in MUAC airspace.”

"This is another quantum leap towards the objectives of the Single European Sky (SES)."

The integration of the civil-military air traffic management (ATM) boosts the substantial efficiency gains, operational and financial for both military and civil air traffic.

It also provides positive effects for the European Network.

Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment ATM Unit head Paul van Gurp said: “The handover to MUAC of service provision to operational air traffic in the Netherlands upper airspace marks an important step in civil-military cooperation in ATM in the Netherlands.

“Strengthening this cooperation is a major element of the airspace vision for the Netherlands, published in 2013.”

Royal Netherlands Air Force commander lieutenant-general Dennis Luyt stated that the latest arrangement related to the military air traffic service for the upper airspace is a major step for both civil and military cooperation in the Netherlands.

With the new arrangement, the Netherlands military will be able to continue their operations and will also have access to the upper airspace