FABEC wins Research, Innovation and Environment 2020 ATM Award

Functional Airspace Block Europe Central (FABEC), formed by the air navigation services provider Ana Luxembourg, DFS, DSNA, LVNL, MUAC, skeyes and Skyguide, has won the Research, Innovation and Environment category of the ATM 2020 Awards for its package of environmental programmes which have included removing route restrictions, an advanced flexible use of airspace by civil and military users, new direct flight paths, shorter Alpine routes and near-perfect flight efficiency.

“This was a very important project for us because it involved all seven FABEC air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and covered the entire range of operations from the controllers delivering instructions to pilots, to the experts in the back office working on route documents,” said Alex Bristol, CEO Skyguide and chair of the FABEC CEO board who accepted the award on behalf of all FABEC ANSPs. “It was a collaborative effort which has delivered concrete results to our customers and the environment.”

FABEC implemented major environmental savings during 2020 which are now integrated into daily operational procedures and will continue to deliver benefits when traffic returns to pre-pandemic levels. For example, FABEC ANSPs took advantage of the 2020 traffic downturn to implement measures which have delivered horizontal flight efficiency performance levels above 97% - substantially higher than the 94% achieved by filed flight plans. As a result, airlines can access ideal flight efficiency performance levels, while taking into account ever-present constraints such as airline preferences, weather events, military training and safety aspects.

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Dominique Dehaene

skeyes - Communication Manager & Spokesperson

Audrey Dorigo

Porte-Parole, skeyes

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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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