Network Manager ATFCM Procedural Contingency Plan

29 October 2017

In the event of an ETFMS failure, a number of appropriate procedures have been put in place. These procedures are described in the ATFCM Operations Manual and in the ATFCM Procedural Contingency Plan.

Where it is not possible to re-establish ATFCM operations a procedural contingency plan will be activated. This is a phased operation, whereby FMPs will apply predetermined departure intervals to the main departure flows from major airports. The applied rates are based on a capacity reduction of 10% throughout the European ATM network. In this case AOs concerned may expect high delays. Flights departing from non-nominated airfields are not covered by the procedural contingency plan and ANSP FMPs are required to assess the volume of such traffic that may be permitted to operate.

These procedures are described in the ATFCM Operations Manual and in the ATFCM Procedural Contingency Plan, which contain:

  • Roles and responsibilities of main actors.
  • Organisational aspects of contingency planning.
  • Policy to be applied.
  • Description of the plan.
  • Achievement of the plan.
  • Execution and assurance of the plan.
  • Promotion of the plan.
  • Crisis Management.

Those points explain how the plan has to be designed and validated with the main actors, establishing the operational concept, the main measures to be followed and the feedback process that has to be put in place to update the plan.

The current edition of this publication is the Summer 2017 edition (dated 26 March 2017) can be consulted in the Network Operations Library.
The nex edition of this publication is the Winter 2017-2018 edition (dated 29 October 2017) and can be downloaded here above

Please note that guidelines for the application of ATFCM measures in the event of ACC contingencies (partial and total reductions in service) are communicated by ANSP FMPs to the NMOC in accordance with the ATFCM Operations Manual (part of the Network Operations handbook) and their NM Agreements.