European Commission Establishes New Air Traffic Rule

29 March 2010 (Last Updated March 29th, 2010 18:30)

The European Commission has established a new regulation to manage the flow of air traffic in an effort to optimise the available airspace capacity. The new regulation is an important step towards implementing the EU network manager, which is projected in the second package of measures

The European Commission has established a new regulation to manage the flow of air traffic in an effort to optimise the available airspace capacity.

The new regulation is an important step towards implementing the EU network manager, which is projected in the second package of measures of the Single European Sky.

The new rule will make procedures mandatory for flight planning and the use of available airspace capacity during all phases of the flight.

It is designed to improve consistency between flight plans and airport slots through the better exchange of information between airport bodies and air-traffic flow managers.

The new regulation will also include minimum mandatory figures of consistency between the planned departure slots and the real flight operations of airlines.

The regulation, developed with the technical expertise of Eurocontrol, will be based on the air-traffic flow management procedures laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

Currently, there is no legislation concerning air-traffic flow management at European level.