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Success in first phase of Runway Efficiency Exercise

Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation together with Brussels National Airport Authority (BIAC), Belgocontrol and …

Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation together with Brussels National Airport Authority (BIAC), Belgocontrol and some stakeholders have recently completed the first phase of a Runway Capacity Efficiency and Enhancement initiative, resulting in a significant improvement to runway operations.



The exercise was carried out at Brussels National Airport in 2003. It resulted in a significant reduction in runway occupancy times and pilot reaction times, which increased the capacity of the runways at the airport. The airport has also seen environmental benefits as aircraft holding times, both on the ground and in the air, have now been considerably reduced. The partners in the exercise were Eurocontrol, BIAC, Belgocontrol, Birdy Airlines, SN Brussels Airlines, Virgin Express and VLM.



Spokesmen from Belgocontrol and BIAC stated this is precisely the sort of quick return that airports, air traffic management and airlines throughout the European region are seeking in their efforts to achieve the best performance possible in the shortest period from their valuable existing airside infrastructure.



During the exercise, potential further improvements were also identified for both runway efficiency and the environment. Subsequent exercises will involve all airlines that operate at Brussels National Airport. Responsibility for the future running of this initiative has now been handed over to Belgocontrol, who in close co-operation with BIAC and the airlines will continue the joint efforts to enhance the efficiency of operational procedures at Brussels Airport.

Airports have been identified by Eurocontrol as a bottleneck for the future efficiency of the air traffic network in Europe. The exercise at Brussels Airport was undertaken in the context of Eurocontrol`s Gate-to-Gate Strategy that aims to enhance airport efficiency and make optimum use of existing infrastructure.

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