Asia-Pacific air navigation service providers are setting up two working groups to develop proposals designed to lead to improved air traffic management co-operation and co-ordination in the face of forecast strong traffic growth in the region, writes Emma Kelly.

The move follows the first Asia Pacific Air Navigation Service Provider conference, hosted in August by Airservices Australia and attended by service providers, airlines and regulators from 12 countries in the region.

The two working groups will focus on establishing smooth transitions across flight boundaries in the region and the creation of a regional safety roadmap. The smooth transitions working group, which will include regional service providers and airlines, has been tasked with developing strategies and initiatives designed to create "seamless airspace", says Airservices.

Initially it will identify homogenous airspace blocks or air routes that would be suitable for seamless airspace trials. The working group is set to meet for the first time before the end of this year. The safety group will comprise regional service providers and airlines.

Source: Flight International