Hungarian air navigation service provider HungaroControl has opened the new air traffic control (ATC) centre in Budapest, as part of its move to advance the air transport infrastructure of both Hungary and the overall Central European region.
The new ATC centre was built as part of a project, called ANS III, which aims to strengthen the efficiency of air traffic management (ATM) and comply with the European Union's (EU) performance objectives.
European Union supported the €29m project through Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency (TEN-T) Programme and with a €6m grant managed through the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency (TEN-T EA).
HungaroControl chief executive officer Kornél Szepessy said that investments in the ANS III Programme fit organically into the objectives set by the Single European Sky initiative, assisting the highest possible technical / technological operating quality of the Central European functional airspace block.
"Additionally, developments at HungaroControl ensure in the long run that the Hungarian air navigation service provider belongs at the forefront of European technical and technological advancement," Szepessy said.
The centre features high-quality equipment and software, such as the MATIAS air navigation and communication system to provide efficient services to the civil aviation sector.
Completion of ANS III will also allow HungaroControl to consolidate its research and innovation initiatives into a single location.
According to HungaroControl, the transition to the new system had been conducted in close co-operation with EUROCONTROL and caused no delays to airlines.
The new ATM centre is already controlling Hungarian airspace and is aiming to manage the upper airspace over Kosovo together with international stakeholders, upon being handed over by NATO/KFOR.
Image: The new ATM centre is part of the ANS III Programme, which complies with all objectives set by the Single European Sky initiative.