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AOM19.4 — Management of Pre-defined Airspace Configurations

This objective encompasses the implementation of an improved ASM solutions process, the management of pre-defined airspace configurations and the process and supporting tools for an improved ASM performance analysis.

The ASM solutions process is aimed at delivering ASM options (e.g. pre-defined airspace scenarios) that can help alleviate capacity problems identified in any particular area of European airspace as well as improve flight efficiency assessing impact on capacity and ensuring synchronised availability of optimized airspace structures based on traffic demand.

Pre-defined airspace configurations are based on coordinated and validated combinations of airspace structures (e.g. conditional routes (CDRs), direct routing (DCTs), airspace reservation (ARES), such as variable profile areas/dynamic mobile areas (VPA/DMA) or other types as single ARES or combined in pre-defined airspace scenarios identified within the ASM solutions processs) and ATC dynamic sectorisation, to meet airspace needs in terms of capacity and/or flight efficiency. These pre-defined airspace configurations could be applicable both in free route (FRA) and in Fix route network environments.
Airspace configurations and ATC flexible sectors configuration are already used when the flows and constraints can be predicted well in advance (e.g. weekend routes or seasonal flows of traffic). A more efficient pre-defined airspace configuration management requires supporting functionalities and procedures and well defined collaborative decision making processes at pre-tactical level involving the AMCs, NM, ATFCM, ATC and airspace users. This objective aims at implementing the functionalities, procedures and processes supporting the management of pre-defined airspace configurations.

The ASM performance analysis process to be implemented should assess the flight efficiency gains resulting from the rolling ASM/ATFCM process implementation. The capacity aspects need also to be addressed.

NOTE that there is no OI Step covering the implementation of pre-defined airspace configurations so a Change Request has been raised for the Master Plan Level 2 to address this gap.

NOTE FOR MILITARY AUTHORITIES: It is the responsibility of each military authority to review this Objective IN ITS ENTIRETY and address each of the SLoAs that the military authority considers RELEVANT for itself. This has to be done on top and above of the review of "MIL" SLoAs which identify actions EXCLUSIVE to military authorities.

Air Navigation Service Provider / Network Manager


Related Elements

Applicability Area(s) and Timescales

Applicability Area:
All ECAC+ States except: Armenia, Georgia, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Morocco, North Macedonia
Timescales From By Applicable to
Initial operational capability 01-01-2018 Applicability Area
Full operational capability 31-12-2021 Applicability Area

Links to SESAR Solutions

Links to PCP ATM Sub-Functionalities

ICAO Block Modules: No associated data


Applicable legislation
- Regulation (EC) No 2150/2005 of 23 December 2005 on Implementation and Application of the Flexible Use of Airspace
- Regulation (EU) No 716/2014 on the establishment of the Pilot Common Project
Applicable ICAO Annexes and other references
Deployment Programme 2019
Family 3.1.4 - Management of dynamic airspace configurations
Operating Environments

Expected Performance Benefits

Increased through better utilisation of airspace resources within and across airspace boundaries leading to reduction of flight delays.
Operational efficiency
Increased through the availability of more optimum routes/trajectories allowing lower fuel burn.
Cost efficiency
  Code Title From By Related Enablers
ASP01 Adapt ATM systems to support the management of ASM solutions and pre-defined airspace configurations.
  • 01-01-2018
  • 31-12-2021
ASP02 Implement procedures in support of an improved ASM solution process and pre-defined airspace configurations
  • 01-01-2018
  • 31-12-2021
NM01 Adapt NM systems to support the management of pre-defined airspace configurations
  • 01-01-2018
  • 31-12-2021
NM02 Implement procedures in support of an improved ASM solution process and the management of pre-defined airspace configurations
  • 01-01-2018
  • 31-12-2021
NM03 Implement tools in support of ASM performance analysis
  • 01-01-2018
  • 31-12-2021
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Supporting Material

Title Related SLoAs

EUROCONTROL - Advanced FUA Concept - Edition 1.0

ASP01, ASP02, NM01, NM02, NM03

EUROCONTROL - European Route Network Improvement Plan (ERNIP) Part 3 - Airspace Management Handbook - Guidelines for Airspace Management - 5.5 / 11/2017

ASP01, ASP02, NM01, NM02, NM03

EUROCONTROL - SPEC 112 - EUROCONTROL Specifications for the application of the Flexible Use of Airspace (FUA) - Edition 1.1 - OJ 2009/C 196/05 / 01/2009

ASP01, ASP02, NM01, NM02, NM03

Consultation & Approval

Working Arrangement in charge
Outline description approved in
Latest objective review at expert level
Commitment Decision Body
Provisional Council (PC)
Objective approved/endorsed in
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