First up this week, airport company Finavia will invest EUR 8 million in the renovation of runway 2 at Helsinki Airport. Helsinki Airport’s runway renovation will affect take-off and landing directions in May–August. “The renovation of runway 2 at Helsinki Airport involves a lot of repairs of the old infrastructure, which is why the project is extensive and complex. In addition to the renovation of the runway, stormwater sewers will be improved during the summer in order to further reduce the impact of flight operations on nearby areas,” says Jani Elasmaa, Finavia’s VP responsible for apron and runway operations at Helsinki Airport.
Next, Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, in cooperation with the Middle East Regional Monitoring Agency of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has organized a workshop on risk analysis related to vertical separation between aircraft. This comes with the aim of training the personnel of the Air Navigation Department on all air safety procedures for high-altitude routes which are followed by the Organization (ICAO). The workshop also comes in conjunction with the approaching date of the activation of Phase 1B of the Doha Flight Information Region (FIR).
In other news, Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) has secured an in-principle approval from the Malaysian government for the management, development, operations and maintenance of 39 airports and short take-off and landing airports (STOLports) until 2069. A cabinet decision was made by the government on the material terms of the operating agreements (OA 2023).
Finally, Insero Air Traffic Solutions (IATS) has in close cooperation with Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) completed a multi-stage upgrade of the Insero Statistics, Economics and Route Charges Information System (SERIS) solution, including Data Exchange By Internet (DEBI) interface with the EUROCONTROL Central Route Charges Office (CRCO).
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- QCAA organizes a workshop on analyzing the risks of vertical separation between aircraft - Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, in cooperation with the Middle East Regional Monitoring Agency of ICAO, organized a workshop today on risk analysis related to vertical separation between aircraft. This comes within the aim of training the personnel of the Air Navigation Department on all air safety procedures for high-altitude routes which are followed by ICAO. The workshop also comes in conjunction with the approaching date of the activation of Phase 1B of the Doha FIR.
- QCAA organizes Air Traffic Flow Management Workshop - In cooperation with the Middle East Regional Office of the ICAO, Qatar Civil Aviation Authority organized a workshop on Air Traffic Flow Management Implementation in the Region. The workshop reviewed the regional action plan related to air traffic and provided guidelines to support further implementation plans within the airspace of the Middle East States.
- Sunshine Coast Airport Flight Path Changes Post Implementation Review Draft Report available for comment - Airservices - Airservices Australia is inviting the Sunshine Coast community to comment on the Sunshine Coast Airport Flight Path Changes Post Implementation Review Draft Report.
- Keflavik airport receives ANSP certification for air traffic services at the airport - Isavia has been certified as the air navigation service provider for Keflavik International Airport. Recently Jón Gunnar Jónsson, Director General of the Icelandic Transport Authority, formally handed over a certificate to that effect to Anna Björk Bjarnadóttir, Chief Service and Operations Officer at Isavia. The certificate was given to Isavia after a prior approval process. With this change, Isavia will both manage the daily operation and professional supervision of the air traffic services at Keflavik Airport.
- Finavia to renovate Helsinki Airport’s runway 2 in summer 2023 - In the summer of 2023, airport company Finavia will invest EUR 8 million in the renovation of runway 2 at Helsinki Airport. Helsinki Airport’s runway renovation will affect take-off and landing directions in May–August .
- MAHB gets in-principle nod to operate airports until 2069 - MAHB has secured an in-principle approval from the Malaysian government for the management, development, operations and maintenance of 39 airports and short take-off and landing airports until 2069.
- PANSA successfully completes a multi-stage upgrade of Insero SERIS - Insero Air Traffic Solutions has in close cooperation with PANSA completed a multi-stage upgrade of the Insero Statistics, Economics and Route Charges Information System (SERIS) solution, including Data Exchange By Internet interface with the EUROCONTROL Central Route Charges Office.
- Aireon to Provide ADS-B Data to Support Boeing's Next-Generation Global Flight Tracking Solution - Aireon announced an agreement with Boeing to provide space-based data to support Boeing’s flight tracking solution, Fleet Insight. Under this agreement, Aireon will provide real-time, streaming space-based ADS-B data through its AireonSTREAM product.
Reports and data
- EUROCONTROL Data Snapshot #39 on ransomware groups targeting aviation's supply chain - Our 39th EUROCONTROL Data Snapshot takes a look at ransomware groups targeting aviation's supply chain.
- Review 2022: Significant increase in traffic, but below average of 2019 - Skyguide - Air traffic in Switzerland increased sharply last year. Skyguide managed and monitored 1,147,007 flights under instrument flight rules in 2022. This represents a further significant increase in the total number of flights (+66.2%) compared with the previous year, but the volume of traffic is still 12.1% lower than in 2019. The national airports of Geneva (+70.2%) and Zurich (+68.0%) also recorded also recorded significantly higher traffic volumes.
- EUROCONTROL aviation network update - Week 5 saw traffic across the European aviation network increase to 86% of 2019.
- 1.3 million passengers at Brussels Airport in January, up 66% on 2022 - The total number of flight movements increased by 24% in January 2023 compared to 2022. The number of passenger flights increased by 35% compared to 2022, with on average 127 passengers per flight, 12% more than in January 2019.
- Drone operations managed by ENAIRE rose by 70% in 2022 - In 2022, ENAIRE managed 10,325 flight requests, which was 70% more requests processed than in 2021. The number of operations with remotely piloted aircraft is estimated to have averaged 140 flights a day; about 50,000 flights a year. In 2021, the average was 76 flights a day
- Positive increase of air traffic in January, but still far from normal - The Avinor Group - There were 53,143 commercial aircraft movements in January 2023. This is an increase of 18 per cent from January 2022. Compared to January 2019, there has been a drop in the number of aircraft movements of 12 per cent.
UAV and UTM
- Spain launches airspace risk assessment programme to support U-space development - Unmanned airspace - As part of U-space implementation work, Spain’s ministry of transport has launched a major new Airspace Risk Assessment programme with Eurocontrol. The ARA is designed to guarantee the safe integration of drone operations into designated U-spaces in Spain – areas in which drones fly increasingly complex operations, in an architecture comprising certified U-space service providers working alongside ANSPs and drone plus urban eVTOL operators.
- Skye Air launches traffic management system Skye UTM to support India’s growing drone sector - Unmanned airspace - Indian drone services company Skye Air has launched an UTM system called Skye UTM.