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Major changes in airspace for Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Norway

Staff writer |
The North European Functional Airspace Block, NEFAB, introduced major changes in airspace structure and air traffic management systems.

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The changes are to contribute to improved flexibility and cost-efficient operational opportunities for airspace users in Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Norway.

The North European Functional Airspace Block, NEFAB is implementing Free Route Airspace (FRA), an advanced solution, allowing operators plan and take their preferred routes, taking into account a range of different factors, including variables such as weather systems, prevailing winds, shortest routes and military activities.

Ultimately, it will reduce fuel load, delivering considerable savings in terms of both costs and environmental performance.

Benefits for the airspace users are further enhanced through the good cooperation with the Danish-Swedish Functional Airspace Block, DK-SE FAB, as the free route airspace volumes in NEFAB and DK-SE FAB are connected using common flight planning rules.

The airspace users are now able to plan and execute their flights with user preferred trajectories across the FRA volumes over two functional airspace blocks covering six states.

This is the steppingstone to major changes in airspace organisation in the Northern Europe in the coming years when DK-SE FAB and NEFAB will connect their FRA volumes with UK-Ireland FAB and Iceland.

It will create a continuous FRA across nine States in Northern Europe by 2021 in the Borealis FRA programme, launched this year.

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