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Commission reappoints Eurocontrol as Network Manager

The European Commission has reappointed Eurocontrol as Network Manager for Single European Sky air traffic network functions from 2020 until 2029. The Network Manager co-operates closely with Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), airports, airlines and the military across 43 states. Its objective is to contribute to safer, sustainable and efficient air transport.

The decision to appoint Eurocontrol as Network Manager has been based on the organisation’s ability to comply with the requirements set out in the new Network Functions Regulation Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2019/123 which lays down detailed rules for the implementation of air traffic management network functions such as European route network design, air traffic flow management and co-ordination of scarce resources (radar transponder codes, radio frequencies).

These new EU rules, adopted on 24 January 2019, clarify in detail the role and responsibilities of the Network Manager as an EU nominated body. They focus in particular on the continuous improvement of network operations and on mitigation of expected network problems due to capacity bottlenecks in some air traffic control centres.

Additionally, the positive assessment of the organisation’s performance during the previous reference period and the need to ensure business continuity in the performance of the air traffic management network functions supported the decision. The Network Manager has recently announced a seven-point plan to tackle the challenge of rising air traffic in Europe – a priority in order to reduce delays for air passengers as well as significant measures and mitigations which will be applied throughout the summer 2019 season across the EU.

ERA looks forward to continued cooperation with the Network Manager. For more information, contact russell.dudley@eraa.org