As the first – and so far the only – integrated Air Navigation Service Provider in Europe, NUAC (Nordic Unified Air Traffic Control) has now taken over the control of air traffic en route across the borders through Denmark and Sweden.
On 1st July 2012, NUAC, owned by Naviair and LFV, went fully operational and is now responsible for the owner’s control centres in Copenhagen, Malmö and Stockholm.
NUAC was established 2009 to manage the joint operation of air traffic in the new joint Danish-Swedish airspace, declared that same year. Since the establishment and until today, NUAC has built up an efficient organisation working on securing all authority approvals in Denmark and Sweden. The company is now fully certified to deliver air navigation services.
“The objective of NUAC is first and foremost to provide the most safe, efficient and inexpensive operation of air traffic in the Danish-Swedish area. By consolidating the air space in a so-called Functional Airspace Block and establishing NUAC, LFV and Naviair have met the intentions of the EU’s Single European Sky programme. During the future years, we are also engaged in implementing efficiency improvements, which will reduce air navigation services costs in Denmark and Sweden by least 13 million Euros. Add to this that we generate an environmental gain through more efficient air traffic control and other advantages by this joint operation. The flight routes will be shorter and the airlines will save fuel and will emit less CO2 “, says Chairman of the Board of NUAC, Morten Dambæk, CEO of Naviair.
The two designated companies behind NUAC have formed the new company to appear as streamlined as possible. Accordingly only 10 employees are engaged directly in NUAC. The remaining approximately 750 employees – working in the three control centres or working with operational support – are formally engaged in the parent companies and are seconded to NUAC. LFV and Naviair also own the control centres as well as the technical equipment operated by NUAC. On commercial terms though, LFV and Naviair still manage the contact to the airlines and handle any financial matters with the customers.
“By joining the activities in one company, we can obtain savings and efficiency improvements; this is not possible separately in Naviair and LFV. This initiative was launched about ten years ago and we are at the forefront related to development of air navigation services in Europe. As an advantage to our customers – we look forward to reap the benefits of this cooperation. Our objective is to have accomplished the efficiency improvements in the new company completely prior to 2016”, says Deputy Chairman of the Board of NUAC, Thomas Allard, Director General of LFV.
The passengers will not notice any substantial changes as a consequence of NUAC being fully operational and the efficiency improvements being on-going. However, the saved time becomes significant when calculated in total for all approximately 950,000 flights annually in Danish-Swedish airspace. Already when implementing Free Route Airspace November 2011, where the airlines have had the option of scheduling their routes as desired, we have prepared the ground for a total annual time saving of 7,500 flight hours.
NUAC is managed by Peter Fältsjö, CEO, Jesper Skou, COO and Lennart Björk, CFO.
Should you require any further information on NUAC, please contact
Bo Pedersen, Director Communications, Naviair (via Naviair's Press duty telephone +45 3247 7907 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Carl Selling, Director Communications, LFV