Belgocontrol CEO Johan Decuyper to chair FABEC

As from today, Johan Decuyper chairs the CEO board of FABEC, the functional airspace block comprising Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France and Switzerland in the framework of the Single European Sky. Together with its partners, Belgocontrol wants to strengthen the role of FABEC as a cooperation platform at the heart of the most important airspace in Europe.

With 5.8 million flight movements per year, the FABEC partners (Functional Airspace Block Europe Central) manage over half of the entire European air traffic. Thanks to its size and central position, FABEC is the cornerstone of the Single European Sky, the initiative launched by the European Union for a better integration of airspace volumes in Europe. The objective of FABEC is to turn the Belgian, German, Dutch, Luxembourg, French and Swiss airspace into a continuum focused on safety, efficiency and sustainable development.

It is the first time that a Belgian gets to chair the FABEC Air Navigation Service Provider Strategic Board. Belgocontrol will be playing an active role within the organisation and in the Single European Sky, which will also reflect positively on the whole aviation sector in Belgium.

FABEC as an exchange platform

During his chairmanship, Johan Decuyper wants to strengthen the role of FABEC as an exchange and cooperation platform, in the operational as well as the technological field. Strong partnerships between the six countries’ air navigation service providers and EUROCONTROL are necessary to reach outstanding safety, fluidity and capacity performance levels for air traffic in the FABEC airspace.

Given the global air traffic increase, we need to elaborate strategies to efficiently manage the increase in air traffic movements and the reorganization of airspace for the benefit of all airspace users, both civil and military. FABEC is the ideal platform to take these steps, in view of the importance of the airspace the organization manages.

Moreover, FABEC is the preferred interlocutor for the European Union in the framework of the European Single Sky initiative.

Johan Decuyper, Belgocontrol CEO: "In order to be successful , FABEC has to develop the ability to swiftly adapt to changing circumstances. While the focus of our users was especially on cost efficiency at the time of the financial crisis and economic downturn in 2008 and the subsequent years, it gradually shifted to flight efficiency as oil prices went up and recently moved to capacity as a result of the rise in air traffic. But throughout these developments, the foremost objective of all FABEC partners is to ensure that navigating our dense and complex airspace meets the highest safety standards."

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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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