The new Hungarian air navigation centre was inaugurated in Budapest on 27 February 2013, bringing the complex investment programme of the Hungarian air navigation service provider to a conclusion. The high tech centre will further advance the air transport infrastructure of both Hungary and Central Europe as a whole, contributing to the continued competitiveness of the Hungarian air navigation services. The opening ceremony was held in the presence of representatives from the European Commission, EUROCONTROL, the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency (TEN-T EA) and the Hungarian government.
The project, called ANS III, is a key component of the complex development programme sponsored by HungaroControl to strengthen Air Traffic Management (ATM) efficiency and to ensure that the Hungarian air navigation service provider meets the European Union’s performance objectives.
It involved building a state of the art ATM control centre with the potential to implement cutting edge technologies and to provide efficient services to civil aviation. The European Union supported the project via its TEN-T Programme and with a 6 million euros grant managed through the TEN-T EA.
The new ATM centre is equipped with high quality innovative equipment and software, such as the MATIAS air navigation and communication system - recognised across the world and developed with the participation of Hungarocontrol, the Hungarian air navigation service provider (ANSP). The opening of ANS III provides the opportunity for HungaroControl to centralise its research and innovation efforts at a single location, thus creating a state-of-the-art air navigation research, development and simulation knowledge centre.
Mr Frank Brenner, Director General of EUROCONTROL praised the ANS III project, stating that it “demonstrates a strong commitment on Hungary’s and HungaroControl’s side to contribute to the development of the European ATM network and the Single European Sky while serving the needs of airspace users in an efficient manner”. The transition to the new system was conducted successfully and in close co-operation with EUROCONTROL, causing no delays to airlines.
Hungarian Minister of National Development, Ms Zsuzsa Nemeth stressed that in order to set the economy of the European Union onto a path of growth, strengthening economic, social and spatial integration is a must and transportation development is a tool to achieve it.
TEN-T EA Executive Director Dirk Beckers praised HungaroControl and all the other actors involved in the project’s realisation, mentioning the importance of EU support in stimulating the realisation of important infrastructure projects across the European Union.
Kornel Szepessy, Chief Executive Officer of HungaroControl, further stated that “Investments in the ANS III Programme fit organically into the objectives set by the Single European Sky initiative, assisting the highest possible technical/technological operating quality of the Central European functional airspace block. Additionally, developments at HungaroControl ensure in the long run that the Hungarian air navigation service provider belongs at the forefront of European technical and technological advancement.”
The new ATM centre is already operational in the Hungarian airspace. Following handover from NATO/KFOR it is aiming to manage the upper airspace over Kosovo in co-operation with international stakeholders.