Trinational Swiss/German/French control centre plan dropped: skyguide

Swiss ASP Skyguide reports that plans for a joint control centre with Germany´s and France´s air navigation service providers located in the trinational border area near Basel have been dropped
The plan was examined in detail in 2010 on behalf of the Swiss, French and German aviation authorities as part of a broader EU-wide initiative to create a Single European Sky.
Skyguide has been studying six candidate options for its future operating locations but the Swiss ANSP´s 2010 annual report confirms that the Basel option has been ruled out.
“The study revealed that a joint centre of this kind would be feasible in operational terms, but would offer too few economic benefits if it only resulted in the amalgamation of skyguide´s present Dübendorf and Geneva area control centres: the transfer of authority over a few French and German airspace sectors to the proposed new facility would not be sufficient for the project to make financial sense,” said skyguide.
Given the results of the study, the three national aviation authorities have concluded that the circumstances are “not currently propitious” for establishing a joint control centre.
The three ANSPs have however confirmed their desire to further pursue their collaboration within the Functional Airspace Block Europe Central (FABEC) project.
“We do not rule out establishing a joint centre or centres some time in the future, either,” adds CEO Daniel Weder. “And skyguide remains open to collaboration, and will continue to consider any and all strategic options as and when they emerge.”
He adds that further development of its existing operating locations will remain a key focus of skyguide´s actions and activities throughout 2011.
Following the completion of the joint control centre feasibility study, a comparison can now be made of the six location options. From the current perspective, a greater harmonisation and interlinking of the two existing control centres in Geneva and Dübendorf seems to be the most promising option.
The aim here will be to achieve maximum interoperability between the two centres.
This in turn should deliver benefits in terms of safety, security, operating flexibility and cost efficiency. “Skyguide will be looking more closely into the modalities of pursuing this option over the next few months,” said Weder.