Belgocontrol extends maintenance contract with Thales

In the framework of the international ‘Paris Air Show’ Belgocontrol and Thales signed an extended maintenance contract for the Eurocat system that manages air traffic (new name: TopSky ATC) and that is used by Belgocontrol. The closer cooperation with Thales will among other things enable direct and quick interventions on the Belgocontrol sites.

For the past few years Belgocontrol has been ramping up its investment efforts regarding systems and staff in order to guarantee the continuity of the services it provides. In 2017 alone the air navigation service provider will be investing 37 million euro in technical installations.

The extended maintenance contract with Thales logically flows from the business continuity plan. The software as well as the hardware that Thales provides, are included in the contract.

Johan Decuyper, Belgocontrol CEO: “It is essential that our systems are performant and up-to-date at any given time. The reinforced collaboration with Thales provides even more guarantees that their system functions properly and offers quick solutions in case of an incident. Such investments strengthen the continuity of our activities and services, to the benefit of our customers.”

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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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