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ATC18 — Multi-Sector Planning En-route - 1P2T

The multi-sector planner (MSP) defines a new organisation of controller team(s) and new operating procedures to enable the planning controller to provide support to several tactical controllers operating in different adjacent en-route sectors.

This Implementation Objective proposes a structure whereby, in en-route sectors, a single planner controller (P) is planning and organising the traffic flows for two tactical controllers (T), each of whom is controlling a different sector (1P-2T configuration). There is no need for exit/entry coordination with the airspace volume of multi-sector planner however, the coordination capability with adjacent planner/multi-planner should remain.
In order to guarantee that the workload of the multi-sector planner remains comfortable, even when the executive controllers face traffic levels which are not especially low, some enhancements to the planning tools are needed, improving the efficiency of the planning and decision-making processes.

This concept is intended for operation with suitably configured flight data processing components, flexible allocation of ATC roles and volumes and multi-sector planning.

NOTE 1: A further phase of concept development will extend the concept for MSP during SESAR 2020 to (1P-nT) (SESAR Solution PJ10.1.a) and a further evolution of the MSP concept will develop a novel way of working without the necessity for boundary co-ordinations ('Collaborative Control', SESAR Solution PJ10.1.c]).

NOTE 2: Being a local objective, to be applied at individual States or ATC unit level to achieve their performance targets, the objective does not have a mandatory implementation deadline. As guidance, the FOC of the OI Step on which the SESAR Solution is based is 31/12/2024.

NOTE 3: This objective is linked to SESAR Solution #63.

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


Related Elements

Applicability Area(s) and Timescales

Applicability Area:
All EU SES States except: Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovak Republic. Plus: Albania, Azerbaijan, Israel, Moldova, North Macedonia, Türkiye, United Kingdom
(All ECAC States, based on local needs)
Timescales From By Applicable to
FOC used for Analytics functioning only - not for implementation planning 31-05-2019 Applicability Area
FOC used for Analytics functioning only - not for implementation planning 01-01-2030 Applicability Area

Links to SESAR Solutions

Links to PCP ATM Sub-Functionalities

ICAO Block Modules: No associated data


Applicable legislation
Applicable ICAO Annexes and other references
Deployment Programme 2022
Operating Environments

Expected Performance Benefits

The workload reduction might be translated in marginal capacity gains.
Operational efficiency
Slight increase in the number of direct routes facilitate by the fact that adjacent sectors share the same planner controller.
Cost efficiency
  Code Title From By Related Enablers
ASP01 ATM system support to permit a single planner role associated to two adjacent tactical roles
  • 31-05-2019
  • 01-01-2030
ASP02 Develop multi-sector planning procedures and working methods for en-route sectors
  • 31-05-2019
  • 01-01-2030
ASP03 Train air traffic controllers to multi sector planning
  • 31-05-2019
  • 01-01-2030
ASP04 Develop, and deliver as necessary, a safety assessment
  • 31-05-2019
  • 01-01-2030
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Supporting Material

Title Related SLoAs

EUROCONTROL - Air Navigation Systems Safety Assessment Methodology (SAM) - Version 2.1 / 11/2006


EUROCONTROL - EAM 4 - ESARR 4 - Risk Assessment and Mitigation in ATM - Edition 1.0 / 04/2001


SJU - SESAR Solution 63: Data Pack for multi-sector planning

ASP01, ASP02, ASP03

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
Latest change to objective approved/endorsed in