Meeting summer traffic demand over the Black Sea area

28 April 2016

On 28 April 2016, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey will implement a significant airspace project at their interfaces to address the handling of a significant amount of traffic, resulting from the crisis situation in the Black Sea area.

Following the excellent performance of BULATSA, ROMATSA and DHMI in 2015 - they handled a sizeable amount of traffic in a very complex situation -, this improvement provides extra options at those interfaces and has the potential for allowing these air navigation service providers (ANSPs) to safely and efficiently manage additional traffic flows.

This improvement is the result of close cooperation by BULATSA, ROMATSA and DHMI with the Network Manager, responding to clear network needs at those interfaces. The Network Manager will closely monitor the situation in the area during the 2016 summer season to support all the ANSPs concerned in addressing any potentially complex situations.

In parallel, close cooperation between the Network Manager, EASA and the Ukrainian authorities also resulted in the removal of the EASA SIB concerning the routes L851 and M861 in the Kyiv UIR/Simferopol FIR, over the Black Sea. Those two routes are available for flight planning and airspace users are encouraged to assess their options in using these routes.

This overall package of routes in the Black Sea area will help create an appropriate operational environment for handling the expected traffic demand in summer 2016.

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