FABEC works to limit delays during London Olympics

31 May 2012

Air traffic to and from London's airports will significantly increase between 27 July and 12 August 2012 and in the surrounding weeks, owing to the London Olympics.

Preparing for the Olympics

FABEC Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) are pro-actively working to minimise air traffic delays caused by congestion during this time.

In cooperation with EUROCONTROL’s Network Manager and the UK ANSP NATS, the FABEC ANSPs will increase Air Traffic Flow and Capacity Management (ATFCM) to and from UK airports for this event.

In a bid to ease the handling of heavy traffic, new flight profiles, coordination procedures and off-load scenarios have been agreed upon.

Furthermore, in collaboration with their military partners, special new direct routes such as the Free Route Olympic Games (FROG) routes in the North of France and additional routes in the Netherlands, extending into Germany, will be available in the upper airspace.

In the lower airspace new operational procedures for specific destinations within the UK will be put in place by EUROCONTROL’s Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC), Belgocontrol and NATS.

In addition, the FABEC partners will operate a dedicated FABEC Olympics Cell at MUAC, with a view to optimising performance delivery through collaborative ATFCM and civil/military Airspace Management (ASM).

Notwithstanding this increased and focused effort, delays can be expected to be higher than usual in these areas and possibly also in other parts of the network, in particular in FABEC airspace.

This means that FABEC will step up its efforts to meet the punctuality target set in its 2012 performance plan. FABEC's work therefore epitomises the excellent level of cooperation between FAB interfaces to offer the best large-scale operational solution possible, in the interest of airspace users.


The airspace of the six FABEC States of Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland is one of the busiest and most complex in the world. Most major European airports, major civil airways and military training areas are located in this area.

FABEC airspace covers 1.7 million km² and handles about 5.5 million flights per year – 55% of European air traffic. FABEC's air navigation service providers employ 17,700 people.

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