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Inter-FAB workshop shines a light on airspace fragmentation

23 May 2019

Academics, air navigation service providers (ANSPs), regulators, trade unions, and airspace users met at the Fragmentation in Air Traffic and its Impact on ATM Performance workshop in Budapest on 14–15 May.

Faced with a forecasted 50% increase in traffic by 2040 and rising delays in the upper airspace, workshop participants discussed opportunities for collaboration, innovation, and structural change.

European airspace management is far from balanced, with areas of high traffic demand and high skill requirements. Economists shared detailed analysis of performance results from 37 European ANSPs (based on reports by the Performance Review Board) with delegates.

German aerospace research centre DLR found that while merging airspace can lead to improved efficiency there is a turning point where decreasing returns of scale appear.

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