FABEC Olympics Cell Start-Up at MUAC

With the London Olympic Games set to start on 27 July, Europe’s air traffic managers are gearing up to ensure the safe and expeditious flow of traffic across the network.

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During the Olympics, air traffic in western European airspace  is expected to go up by approximately 200 flights per day.

In addition to the extensive work done over the past months by the Eurocontrol, the European body in charge of network management and the UK and Irish air navigation service providers, the air navigation service providers adjacent to the UK airspace in Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland (collectively known as FABEC) have set up a common Olympics Cell.

It will complement the planning process each day from 6:00 until 12:30 local time the day after to cover the entire FABEC airspace, irrespective of country borders. Furthermore, to minimise the impact of military activity both civil and military organisations will form an integral part of the Cell.

“This large-scale operational solution based in one single location in the control room of the Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC) reduces the number of interfaces and so ensures optimum coordination with the airlines and the military airspace users. It adds a new dimension to what already exists today and is therefore a concrete example of the added value that synergies between FABEC civil and military organisations can bring to the network,” said MUAC director Jac Jansen.

“Together, with our civil and military partners, we considered that airspace, air traffic flow and capacity issues need to be managed at the scale of the FABEC airspace, and the Olympics Games give the right opportunity to bring the appropriate benefits for our customers in such particular traffic situation,” underlined Eric Bruneau, director of operations of the French air navigation service provider DSNA, in charge of the development of air traffic flow and capacity management and airspace management programme inside FABEC.

The Cell will start operations on 24 July – one of the peak days before the opening of the Olympics – and finish on 13 August, one day after the closure.

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