Mexican ultra-low cost airline Volaris has selected Airbus ProSky, part of ‘Services by Airbus’, to assist in deploying performance based navigation (PBN) airspaces at Tijuana and Guadalajara International Airports in Mexico.

The deployment of required navigation performance (RNP) will be carried out through a holistic approach and is part of the Airbus initiative to actively promote the deployment of PBN procedures in the region for the benefit of the industry.

The company noted that the design of the procedures along with specific tailored training are part of a National initiative driven jointly by the Direccion General de Aeronautica Civil (DGAC) of Mexico and Servicios a la Navegacion en el Espacio Aereo Mexicano (Seneam).

"In addition, fuel efficient procedures mean less CO2 emissions, resulting in environmental benefits."

Volaris operates the most extensive domestic route network servicing Mexico, the US and Central America.

Major success factor will be to involve all the stakeholders and start with the regulatory implementation requirements. In order to achieve this, a specific national workshop was held and opened to any operator interested in RNP operations.

The deployment phase will be followed through a collaborative process, taking into consideration both Seneam Air Traffic Controllers and Volaris pilots design requirements.

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The project will also include a tailored training for Seneam Air Traffic Controllers in order to increase confidence and knowledge about mixing conventional and PBN traffic.

Volaris CEO Enrique Beltranena said: "International airports like Tijuana and Guadalajara are facing major traffic growth, which requires the implementation of new airspaces based on the PBN concept in order to cope with the growth.

"The project will be managed in close collaboration with the DGAC of Mexico and Seneam as having those entities working together with us guarantees that the programme will be a great success not only for Volaris but also for any qualified operator with service to those airports.

"In addition, fuel efficient procedures mean less CO2 emissions, resulting in environmental benefits."

The DGAC needs operators to deliver an operational approval dossier and qualify their pilots for RNP-AR operations.

As part of the deal, Airbus ProSky will support Volaris in defining and performing the training programme through a "train the trainer" plan.