The Danish-Swedish FAB was declared in 2009. It is the aim of the EU for FABs to be declared across Europe.
However, so far, apart from the Danish-Swedish FAB, only one other FAB has been declared – the UK-Irish FAB (2008). We have thus made great strides in our efforts to realise our part of the EU SES programme and, consequently, the objective of harmonising and improving the efficiency of ATM in European airspace.
In 2009, we established the company NUAC HB (Swedish ’handelsbolag’) together with LFV. On 1 January 2011, NUAC took over responsibility for operational support comprising approximately 160 employees on secondment from Naviair and LFV.
NUAC’s main task in the years ahead will be the operation of LFV’s and Naviair’s three ATCCs in Copenhagen, Malmö and Stockholm respectively. According to the plan, NUAC will take over the operation of en route traffic in the Danish-Swedish FAB on 1 July 2012 (Full Scale Commencement). By that time, a total of 750 employees will be on secondment to NUAC from LFV and Naviair. The ATCCs will remain LFV’s and Naviair’s property and be on secondment to NUAC. The co-ownership of NUAC makes Naviair well equipped to meet future requirements and expectations in our industry. At the same time, this cooperation strengthens our ability to continue to implement efficiency improvements and cost reductions without compromising on our high safety and service standards.
Ahead of Full Scale Commencement, NUAC, jointly with LFV and Naviair, has started implementing a number of efficiency improvement initiatives that will deliver total savings of EUR 13 million annually for LFV and Naviair at the end of 2016. Viewed in isolation, NUAC’s activities will thus reduce the airlines’ costs for both ATM and fuel in the long term. The initiatives will also have a positive effect on the environment and the climate by cutting the companies’ CO2 and NOX emissions.
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