In daily operations, pilots are
benefiting from direct routings - known as 'tactical directs' -
offered flexibly by air traffic controllers (ATCOs) on the
frequency during the actual flight. With these tactical directs,
ATCOs are eliminating a source of inefficiency that occurs if
individual flight plans do not use the most efficient routing.
Overall, in 2016 these tactical
directs resulted in an average reduction of 15 kilometres in the
distance flown per flight when compared with the routing originally
planned, with the average distance flown declining from 528
kilometres to 513 kilometres per flight. The benefit for airspace
users can be expressed in the reduction of fuel burned of 278,000
tons, or in monetary terms EUR 352 million. Beside this, air
traffic controllers reduced the environmental footprint of aviation
by 938,000 tons of CO2.
"We are glad to provide flexible
services to the airspace users," said Michiel van Dorst, CEO LVNL
and FABEC CEO Champion Operations. "The example of tactical directs
demonstrates that close collaboration between all partners and at
all levels is key to an efficient aviation industry - for the sake
of passengers, the European economy and the environment."
Tactical directs are one of the
means of improving the service quality of air navigation services.
To manage the high complexity and congestion within their airspace,
FABEC air navigation service providers have developed several
flexible tools to improve operations to the greatest extent
possible, such as conditional routes or seasonal procedures
improving flight profiles.