Scandinavian airspace transfer project gains EC funding

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European Commission regulators have included a Scandinavian air traffic management scheme among a group of nine projects to receive funding under the trans-European Transport Network programme.

The EC will allocate €2 million ($2.6 million) to the Skaane project which is designed to transfer airspace control for parts of southern Sweden to Danish controllers.

Danish air navigation provider Naviair and its Swedish counterpart have been working towards delegating responsibility for approach and aerodrome control around Malmo Sturup Airport to Denmark.

Initial transfer of control would begin next year while a second phase would optimise airspace, traffic flows and procedures across the Oresund region, in the vicinity of Malmo and Copenhagen.

This project is connected with the larger Nordic upper area control centre programme which aims to unify upper airspace control across Scandinavia, beginning with Denmark and Sweden, and which is in line with the Single European Sky objective to create functional blocks of airspace.