Cross-border Arrival Management (XMAN)

XMAN (Cross-Border Arrival Management, also referred to as Extended Arrival Management - E-AMAN) is a new operational procedure which aims to improve and optimise arrival management operations for major airports.

The aircraft’s holding time at congested airports is cut by reducing their cruising speed during the final en-route phase of flight, several hundred miles away from the airport.  In doing so, flight efficiency is increased by reducing the overall fuel burn and CO2 emissions.  Less airborne congestion in terminal areas will also contribute to improving operational safety by reducing pilot/ controller workload and to reducing noise for the communities living beneath the stacks.

In April 2014, the first XMAN trial began at London Heathrow. The objective of the trial was to cut the amount of time aircraft circle in ‘holding stacks’. The next trials will be targeting flights inbound to Frankfurt and Paris.

XMAN plays an important role within the philosophy of FABEC and of the Single European Sky.  FABEC goals are for the XMAN procedure to be rolled out initially at the major airports in and adjacent to FABEC: London Heathrow (EGLL), Paris Charles de Gaulle (LFPG), Frankfurt (EDDF), Amsterdam (EHAM) and Munich (EDDM).  In line with the requirements set out in the European Implementing Rule, the XMAN procedure will be extended up to 2024 to a total of 25 European airports.

In the coming years the XMAN @ MUAC programme will consist of a number of activities designed to trial and deploy solutions and to prepare our operations for this new role in arrival management.