EU air traffic passengers benefit as completed SESAR deployment projects reach 100th milestone

SESAR deployment projects are delivering performance benefits for European Union (EU) air traffic passengers

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, TUESDAY 29th JANUARY 2019 – Air traffic passengers across Europe are benefitting after the number of completed modernisation aviation projects being deployed by SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) and supported by all operational stakeholders, reached the 100th milestone.

The total number of fully completed air traffic modernisation projects now stands at 105 – the first 100 representing an investment of EUR403 million – with a further 225 ongoing and 19 more planned, bringing new operational efficiencies as well as environmental and capacity benefits to Europe’s aviation industry.

Nicolas Warinsko, General Manager, SESAR Deployment Manager, said: “These expected results indicate that the deployment of SESAR delivers actual contributions to the performance of aviation in Europe.

“The modernisation projects not only provide operational solutions to meet the growing capacity demand, but also make air travel in Europe more cost effective, greener and safer for all EU passengers and citizens.

“And this is just the result of the first 100 completed projects, the aviation industry is – with another 225 projects ongoing and 19 planned – clearly boosting ATM modernisation.”

Find a breakdown below on the expected benefits as a result of the first 100 completed SESAR deployment modernisation projects.

    • 738,000 flight minutes expected to be saved in 2019, representing a cost saving of EUR29 million
    • By 2030 the number of saved flight minutes will climb to 12 million, representing a cost saving of EUR484 million
    • 12,200 tons of fuel expected to be saved in 2019, representing 38,300 tons of CO2 saved and a cost saving of EUR10 million
    • By 2030 this will climb to 166,000 tons of saved fuel, and represents 522,000 tons of CO2 saved and EUR134 million
    • 363,000 delay minutes expected to be saved in 2019, representing EUR10 million
    • By 2030 this will climb to 6.2 million delay minutes saved and EUR178 million


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Pictured are the locations of the fully completed air traffic modernisation projects being deployed by SESAR Deployment Manager and supported by all stakeholders.

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About SESAR Deployment Manager

The SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) function is defined by the Article 9 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) N°409/2013. Under the oversight of the European Commission, the SDM function consists of the synchronisation and the coordination of the deployment of the Common Projects.

A Common Project is a Commission Implementing Regulation which mandates the implementation of the most essential operational changes in the European ATM Master Plan by the Member States of the European Union and their operational stakeholders.

The first Common Project is known as the Pilot Common Project (PCP) and is defined by the Regulation (EU) N°716/2014.

The SDM synchronises and coordinates implementation against the SESAR Deployment Programme which is a project view of the Common Projects organising their implementation into optimum sequences of activities by all the stakeholders required to implement.

To develop and maintain the SESAR Deployment Programme in close consultation with all the stakeholders is another important task under the SDM function.

The SDM function is performed by the SESAR Deployment Alliance (SDA). The SDA is a “Not-for-Profit” International Association (AISBL) set-up under Belgian Law and composed of leading airlines, airports and air navigation service providers – the managers and users of Europe’s airspace. They are committed to the principle of the Single European Sky and to deploying the technologies that will deliver it to create customer and environmental efficiencies.

SDA currently coordinates the implementation of 225 Air Traffic Management modernisation projects of which 105 already completed and bringing benefits to the European passenger.

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