New northern European airspace alliance to precede Borealis merger

Representatives from the air navigation service providers in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Estonia and Latvia have struck an agreement to ensure more efficient use of airspace.
Norway´s Avinor was the host for a summit meeting in Oslo where the agreement was signed.
The agreement will enable more coordinated planning of air traffic in this part of Northern Europe, supporting airlines and armed forces in the form of flexible sectors and direct and seamless routes.
“This will save time and fuel and not least reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is also good news for the airports and passengers – it allows for even better planning of traffic, with a positive effect on punctuality,” said the signatories.
They said they hope to extend cooperation to more countries, first and foremost the United Kingdom and Ireland, within the framework of a collaboration project termed Borealis. “This extended alliance is initially working to establish a regulatory framework between the countries, as well as guidelines for how one will implement joint measures in the long term,” they said.
Within the EU-operated Single European Sky programme, the establishment of airspace blocks – cooperation between two or more countries on the use of airspace – is considered by the EU to be one of the most important measures on the road to more efficient use of European airspace.
Avinor is cooperating with Finland, Estonia and Latvia on the NEFAB airspace block, which is currently under development. NEFAB will be organisationally established and in operation by the end of 2012.
Sweden and Denmark have chosen to establish their own airspace block, based on a collaboration programme they have had for several years. The two countries have established a separate company – NUAC HB. The goal is that this company will be responsible for in-flight services in Sweden and Denmark during the course of 2012.
Cooperation between the airspace blocks in Northern Europe is being developed, the signaoties said, ´with an aim of a possible merger if this will lead to further efficiency benefits for airspace users´.