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Tuesday 27 May, 2014

Civil Aviation Auth.

Joint performance plan for air navigation services

RNS Number : 1634I
Civil Aviation Authority
27 May 2014
 

 

News Release

Embargoed until 17:00 on 27 May 2014

 

 

 

27 May 2014

 

 

 

Joint performance plan for air navigation services in UK and Ireland published

 

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Irish Aviation Authority Safety Regulation Division (IAA SRD) have today published a revised version of their joint performance plan for air navigation services (air traffic control) between 2015 and 2019.

The plan has been developed as part of the second reference period of the EU's Single European Sky (SES) performance scheme. This scheme aims to improve the performance of air navigation services across Europe and includes overarching EU-wide targets in four key areas: capacity, cost efficiency, environment and safety.

The scheme requires each Functional Airspace Block (FAB) - areas of airspace grouped by European regions rather than individual states - to develop plans on how providers of air navigation services will improve performance between 2015 and 2019.  The CAA and IAA SRD have developed the joint plan for the UK-Ireland FAB and have now submitted it to the UK and Irish Governments.

Today's publication of the revised plan follows a consultation with industry earlier this year. The plan needs to be agreed by both the UK and Irish governments before it can be submitted to the European Commission by 30 June. All FAB performance plans must then be accepted by the European Commission, before they can come in to force from 1 January 2015 onwards. 

The revised CAA and IAA SRD FAB performance plan is available here. Other documents relating to the draft performance plan are also available here.

For media information, please contact the CAA Press Office on: 020 7453 6030 or [email protected]. Follow the CAA on Twitter at @UK_CAA.

 

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Notes to editors

1.     1. The performance plan sets out targets for the second reference period (RP2) of the Single European Sky performance scheme, which runs from 2015-2019. The first period applies to performance between 2012-2014. More information on the Single European Sky (SES) performance scheme is available here.
2. En route air navigation services in the UK are provided by NERL (a subsidiary of NATS); and in Ireland by the IAA ANSP (a state owned service provider). The plan also applies to providers of terminal air navigation services at airports with greater than 70,000 movements per year. For the UK this covers NSL (a subsidiary of NATS) and Birmingham Airport; and for Ireland this covers IAA ANSP services at Dublin Airport.
3. The CAA is the UK's specialist aviation regulator. Its activities include: making sure that the aviation industry meets the highest technical and operational safety standards; preventing holidaymakers from being stranded abroad or losing money because of tour operator insolvency; planning and regulating all UK airspace; and regulating airports, air traffic services and airlines and providing advice on aviation policy.


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