Thursday, March 23, 2017
Currently Belgocontrol is already managing air traffic in a part of the Luxembourg airspace (between 14,500 and 24,500 feet) and there are other cooperation initiatives that exist between the two ANSPs. Some have been ongoing for some considerable time and other forms of operational cooperation have only been concluded recently. In order to harmonize all of those initiatives, Belgocontrol and ANA Lux decided to conclude an overarching cooperation agreement. Today both companies formally put that cooperation agreement on paper in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding.
In the agreement, various domains are summed up in which ANA Lux and Belgocontrol reinforce one another, such as Continuous Descent Operations (green landings), flight procedure design, meteorological services, safety, contingency, exchange of radar data, the joint representation on international fora,… The MoU is an agreement in principle; specific agreements per theme or domain establish the concrete undertakings.
In that way, Belgium and Luxembourg strengthen their historical cooperation. The commitment also complements the objectives of the Single European Sky, the cooperation agreement between all European air navigation service providers.
Johan Decuyper, Belgocontrol CEO: “An important element in the strategy of Belgocontrol is to conclude partnerships so as to further maintain our position in international aviation. Belgium and Luxembourg have a longstanding tradition of cooperation, which we wish to strengthen. This agreement makes Belgocontrol and ANA Lux strong players in a constantly evolving and increasingly competitive international sector.”
- Picture: John Santurbano, Director ANA Lux and Belgocontrol CEO Johan Decuyper