Eurocontrol rationalizes the upper airspace of Maastricht

Airspace changes made by MUAC include the creation of “balconies of airspace” between FL245 and FL315, allowing for better management of the vertical profiles of major traffic flows. This reduces complexity and improves situational awareness for air traffic controllers, thus increasing airspace capacity. © Eurocontrol

The upper airspace control center in Maastricht, operated by Eurocontrol, has modified airspace restrictions and boundaries over Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and northwest Germany. Eurocontrol estimates that these modifications will make it possible to reduce trip distances by 4,000 nm per week, or 7,400 km.

Aircraft transiting the upper airspace of Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and northwest Germany benefit from several changes in the airspace, called for by the Maastricht Upper Air Authority Airspace Control Center (MUAC) operated by Eurocontrol.

The free route has already been implemented by MUAC in 2019. Recently, the upper airspace has undergone several modifications by straightening sector boundaries and reducing their complexity.

Aircraft operators and computer flight plan service providers now benefit from additional options and shorter routes, resulting in lower fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions.

With the help of flight planners and air traffic controllers, aircraft can also choose the most efficient routes and altitudes to reduce flight delays.

Les différentes modifications apportées depuis 2019 à l’espace aérien permettront, selon les estimations d’Eurocontrol, une réduction des distances parcouries de l’ordre de 4,000 nm (7,400 km) by sea and pres de 1,500 nm (2,780 km) by aux rush hours.

Eurocontrol also estimates that each trip will benefit from reduced distances by 3 to 6 nm (between 5 and 11 km), between 28 and 37 kg of fuel savings and between 90 and 116 kg less carbon dioxide.

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The reorganization of the Delta and Ruhr sectors (in the Netherlands and Germany) allows for a better distribution of traffic flows between sectors, and an improvement in the climb profiles for departures from Frankfurt Airport and the Ramstein and Spangdahlem military bases in the Ruhr area. In addition, a new Airspace Entry/Exit Point (RENEQ) was established with the Scottish Area Control Centre.

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