A consortium including Sabre Airline Solutions has won a major contract to research the future of air traffic management in Europe. The Fly4D consortium, coordinated by Airbus, was contracted by Eurocontrol to research the future of air traffic management in Europe. The SESAR initiative, as the project is known, aims to coordinate all air traffic management and airport systems across European.
At present air traffic management in Europe is fragmented, with each country using different processes and procedures for its airspace. The new initiative aims to integrate this into a single system, incorporating various elements of air traffic management, such as airport and terminal operations, infrastructure and en-route traffic.
Hugh Jones, president of Sabre Airline Solutions, said; “The importance of the SESAR programme cannot be underestimated, both in terms of the European Union’s future economic prosperity and the sustainability of the air transport industry. We understand the responsibility this project entails, and we are confident that our knowledge, experience and expertise will be crucial to the success of the project.”
Patrick Ky, executive director of the SESAR Joint Undertaking, added; “We are the first in the world to start to integrate ATM future concepts with airlines operations. This is truly a breakthrough in our sector of activity.”