The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has introduced the extension of Shannon’s Free Route Airspace (FRA) into its lower airspace below flight level 245.
FRA has been operational since 2009 in the Shannon Upper Information Region (UIR), Shannon Oceanic Transition Area (SOTA) and Northern Oceanic Transition Area (NOTA).
IAA ANSP has extended FRA into the lower airspace after carrying out consultation with stakeholders and a successful simulation.
The project initially went live on 12 October this year.
With the latest expansion of FRA, customers operating in the lower airspace will be able to file the optimum trajectory available so as to realise savings in the areas of fuel burn and CO2.
IAA ATM Operations and Strategy director said: “Our focus is on delivering cost-efficient ATM services for the benefit of customers and we expect that the extension of Free Route Airspace into lower airspace will meet that overall objective.
“I am confident that this innovative development will further improve operational efficiency and enhance safety in Irish airspace. I am very pleased that this initiative will support our Northern European partners as part of the Borealis Alliance FRA Project.”
The Borealis Alliance FRA project forms one of the seven steps of the Borealis FRA Programme.
Airline and business aviation customers will be able to plan and take the cost-effective, fuel-efficient and timely routes across the entire airspace, which is managed by the nine Borealis Alliance members.