A6 Alliance widens SESAR collaboration to include Switzerland's skyguide

02.02.2016.- The A6 Alliance of European air navigation service providers (ANSP) has signed an agreement for closer cooperation with the Swiss ANSP skyguide on the modernisation of Europe’s airspace.

The agreement provides a framework for collaboration on efforts in support of the Single European Sky ATM Research programme (SESAR), the technology strand of the European Commission’s flagship aviation policy to create a Single European Sky and improve the way Europe’s airspace is managed to make it safer, cheaper and more environmentally friendly.

The A6 Alliance and skyguide will cooperate on research and development to be undertaken as part of SESAR 2020, the next phase of Europe’s ATM modernisation programme. Skyguide will join the A6 Working Group on Research and Development, which takes decisions about R&D activities in service of SESAR on the basis of consensus across Members.

Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, Chairman and Chief Executive of DFS and Chair of the A6 Alliance Steering Board, said: “I am delighted to welcome skyguide to our collaboration. It is important that, as an industry, we work together with a wide range of partners from across Europe to help ensure SESAR continues to be driven by operational and business needs that will ultimately benefit Europe’s airspace users and their passengers. The A6 Alliance is pleased to have skyguide join us as a partner in this important area.”

Daniel Weder, Chief Executive Officer of skyguide, added: “In SESAR 2020 and especially in the cooperation with our A6 Alliance partners, we find a driving force to open new dimensions in European air navigation services through real innovation. We see this as the best opportunity to make a leap forward and to provide customers and partners with the services needed to face the future.”

The Agreement sets out the terms under which the two parties will work together to support European ATM Research and Development as part of SESAR 2020.

The A6 Alliance was formed by the six ANSP members of the SESAR JU – ENAIRE (Spain), DFS (Germany), DSNA (France), ENAV (Italy), NATS (UK) and NORACON – a consortium including Austro Control (Austria), AVINOR (Norway), EANS (Estonia), Finavia (Finland), IAA (Ireland), LFV (Sweden) and Naviair (Denmark). Collectively they control more than 70% of European air traffic and 72% of the investment in the European Air Traffic Management infrastructure of the future.
Since it was founded, PANSA (Poland) has also joined the A6 Alliance in its membership of the SESAR Deployment Alliance
This agreement is signed between the A6 Alliance; the COOPANS Alliance, which comprises the ANSPs of Austria, Croatia, Ireland, Sweden and Denmark; and the B4 Alliance, which comprises the ANSPs of the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Slovakia and Poland.

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,650 employees as at 31 December 2015. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,000 air traffic controllers guide up to 10,000 flights in German airspace every day, and about three million movements every year. This makes Germany the country with the highest traffic volume in Europe. The company operates control centres in Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich as well as 16 control towers at international airports in Germany. In addition, DFS is represented at the EUROCONTROL Control Centre in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Additional areas of activity include consulting, provided by the Aeronautical Solutions Division, and aeronautical data, grouped in the Aeronautical Information Management Division.

is the Swiss ANS provider for civil and military air traffic. With its 1'600 staff at 14 sites in Switzerland, skyguide controls some 1,2 million IFR flights per year in Swiss and delegated airspaces in Austria, France, Germany and Italy. Skyguide is a member of FABEC.