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The European skies are too crowded and the technology supporting the management of safe aircraft movements not efficient enough. Projections foresee a doubling of air traffic in the next 20 years. SESAR, the innovative European programme to modernise this technology, is designed to set a halt to traffic jams in the air.

LFV - Swedish Air Navigation Services - is an active member of the SESAR Consortium NORACON consisting of ATM in eight countries.

The key objectives are to

  • Restructure European airspace as a function of air traffic flows.
  • Create additional capacity.
  • Increase the overall efficiency of the air traffic management system.

Contrary to the United States, Europe does not have a single sky, one in which air navigation is managed at the European level. Furthermore, European airspace is among the busiest in the world with over 33,000 flights on busy days and high airport density. This makes air traffic control even more complex.

The EU Single European Sky is an ambitious initiative launched by the European Commission in 2004 to reform the architecture of European air traffic management. It proposes a legislative approach to meet future capacity and safety needs at a European rather than a local level. SESAR aims at developing the new generation air traffic management system capable of ensuring the safety and fluidity of air transport worldwide over the next 30 years. It is composed of three phases:

  • The Definition phase (2004-2008) delivered the ATM master plan defining the content, the development and deployment plans of the next generation of ATM systems. This definition phase was led by Eurocontrol, and co-funded by the European Commission under the Trans European Network- Transport programme and executed by a large consortium of all air transport stakeholders.
  • The Development phase (2008-2013) will produce the required new generation of technological systems, components and operational procedures as defined in the SESAR ATM Master Plan and Work Programme.
  • The Deployment phase (2014-2020) will see the large scale production and implementation of the new air traffic management infrastructure, composed of fully harmonised and interoperable components guaranteeing high performance air transport activities in Europe.