Amendments to skeyes management contract

Greener charging system and investments in advanced technologies

The charges that airlines pay to skeyes for its air navigation services will soon be modulated according to aircraft noise, emissions and distance flown. The financing of terminal services in 2023 at airports is also clarified. This is good news for the environment and the financial soundness of skeyes.

Johan Decuyper, CEO of skeyes: “These amendments to the management contract allow skeyes to pursue its policy of technological investments aimed at continuously improving air traffic safety, while responding to one of the main challenges facing our sector: the commitment to sustainable aviation.’’

Modulation of charges
Airlines pay charges to skeyes for its air navigation services – take-offs and landings – at Brussels Airport. As of 1 April 2023, a new, greener charging system will be implemented. Charges will be modulated according to aircraft noise and emissions (air quality - NOx - and CO2) and distance flown. The amount of the new charges may vary on average from -25% to +40%.

Airlines will thus be encouraged to use less noisy and less polluting aircraft, and short-haul flights will be discouraged. ​
The system will be revenue neutral for skeyes.

Energy transition in aviation
skeyes receives a grant from the government to finance projects aimed at promoting CCO (Continuous Climb Operations), CDO (Continuous Descent Operations) and “green approach” procedures. These procedures allow aircraft to consume less fuel, which has a positive impact on the environment. As mentioned above, the objective is also to implement a “greener charging system’’ for terminal air navigation services.

With the support of the government, skeyes will continue investing in advanced technologies less sensitive to the effects of wind turbines, and so increase the creation of space for wind projects. We have already taken the first steps in this direction.







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About skeyes

skeyes ensures the safety and efficiency of air traffic in Belgium 24/7. The skeyes air traffic controllers manage over 3,000 aircraft every day, which makes up over a million flight movements per year. The autonomous public company is active at the heart of Europe, in one of the busiest and most complex sections of airspace of the continent. skeyes is active at Brussels Airport and at the airports of Antwerp, Charleroi, Kortrijk, Liège and Ostend. Thanks to its CANAC 2 control centre skeyes manages the flight movements above Belgium and a part of Luxembourg up to an altitude of 7,500 metres (*). The company relies on its nearly 900 experienced staff members who are at the service of their customers: airline companies, airports, the aviation sector and the authorities. skeyes also develops innovating services regarding drones and contributes to a sustainable future of the aviation sector, among other things with respect to the environment.

skeyes is a member of FABEC, a joint airspace block (Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland) with the aim of improving air navigation efficiency in the heart of Europe in the framework of the Single European Sky.

(*) The upper airspace of the Benelux countries and North West Germany is managed jointly with the EUROCONTROL centre in Maastricht. 


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