With air passenger traffic across Europe growing at a phenomenal rate – 180% over the past 20 years – the European airspace needs super-efficient management. But the task is currently carried out by 40 different national air services providers. This fragmented approach creates inefficient flight paths, high costs and significant environmental impact.
One of the exceptions is NUAC (Nordic Unified Air Traffic Control) – a joint venture between the Swedish and Danish air services providers, LFV and Naviair. NUAC manages the Danish-Swedish airspace established under the European Single Skies initiative and has been recognised as one of the EU’s most successful transport programmes.
We’ve been supporting LFV and Naviair with expertise in strategy, business design and implementation right from the start. This began with helping LFV and Naviair identify the best formal structure for their collaboration. We then put together the design for the new organisation before supporting the implementation that brought it to life.
The collaboration has brought clear benefits including lower prices. It’s reduced operating costs by about 10 per cent a year and aviation liability insurance costs by 40 per cent. It’s allowed shorter routes and reduced flight times. And it’s brought increased capacity, close to zero delays and a smaller carbon footprint. More cooperation, harmonised safety procedures and common training bring improvements in safety.
We’ve advised LFV and Naviair with their plans to standardise technology across their control centres in Copenhagen, Malmö and Stockholm. This is the next vital step in developing a ground-breaking collaborative platform for operations and technology that offers a blueprint for the future of European airspace management.