Norwegian air navigation service provider Avinor has officially joined the interoperability through European collaboration (iTEC), in a bid to align air traffic management (ATM) systems in support of a Single European Sky.
Avinor has joined the coalition of other air navigation service providers (ANSPs) through a Systems Group Agreement signed with UK-based air traffic control services provider NATS.
NATS CEO Martin Rolfe said: "We’re delighted to welcome Avinor to the iTEC alliance. The introduction of iTEC is a major step in modernising air traffic management and the addition of Avinor will extend the benefits to even more airspace users.
"We are looking forward to working with them and the other members to help achieve the goals of a Single European Sky."
Under the terms of the deal, Norway will be able to join the UK, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands in the use of iTEC as a common flight data processing system.
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The iTEC solution will facilitate an enhanced airspace capacity while improving safety and reducing CO² emissions through the implementation of ‘free route airspace’, 4D trajectory-based operations and flight path monitoring.
Avinor Air Navigation Service managing director Anders Kirsebom said: "For us, it is vital to transition to an upgraded and interoperable system which enables us to deliver on the targets SESAR and the Single European Sky programme, at a lowest possible cost, risk and complexity.
"Entering the iTEC alliance in close cooperation with NATS will enable us to provide the best possible services to our customers while maintaining our attractive unit rate."
The existing members of iTEC account for more than one third of Europe’s air traffic.
In March, the Polish ANSP PANSA and Lithuanian ANSP Oro Navigacija also planned to join the collaboration.
Image: Avinor Air Navigation Service managing director signs iTEC agreement with NATS CEO. Photo: courtesy of NATS.