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​Avinor to invest in upgrade of existing Air Traffic Management system

Press Release   •   Mar 31, 2016 10:15 BST

Aiming to provide customers the best possible service, and meet the targets of EU’s Single European Sky programme, Avinor now decided to invest in an upgrade of its existing ATM system, and enter the iTEC alliance in collaboration with NATS

An upgraded ATM-system for its en-route and approach services is of key importance for Avinor Air Navigation Services (Avinor). Avinor’s existing technical platform was developed in the early 1990’s and, as with many European ATM systems, needs to be developed to meet future requirements.

- This investment decision is an important milestone for Avinor. With this investment, we will have an upgraded system which will enable us to deliver on the targets SESAR and the Single European Sky programme, at a lowest possible cost and complexity. This will enable us to provide the best possible services to our customers, while maintaining our attractive unit rate, says Jan-Gunnar Pedersen, Director of En-route services at Avinor.

Following an extensive evaluation of commercial and technological options, Avinor aims to develop its existing technology from INDRA by entering the iTEC alliance in collaboration with NATS. By entering the iTEC alliance, Avinor becomes part of part of Europe’s largest ATM system collaboration along with ANSPs in Spain (ENAIRE), Germany (DFS), the UK (NATS) and the Netherlands (LVNL) – alongside systems provider Indra. Lithuania (Oro Navigacija), Poland (PANSA) also intend to enter the alliance.

Members of the iTEC alliance gain several benefits through collaboration, including reduced operational expenditure through common software and shared development costs; methods developed on common system that can easily be shared; increased safety through shared methods and processes; increased interoperability through common flight data processing and open interfaces; a common working position allowing easier communication among controllers; and reduction of risks through shared development, all of which ultimately help ANSPs to deliver the objectives of the Single European Sky.

Avinor is responsible for the 46 state-owned airports and air navigation services for civilian and military aviation in Norway. This network links Norway together - and links Norway to the world.

Avinor is a driving force in environmental work in aviation and a driving force to reduce the combined greenhouse gas emissions from Norwegian aviation. The company has a leading role in the work on developing and delivering biofuel for aircraft. Every year Avinor contributes to safe and efficient travel for around 50 million airline passengers. Around half travel to and from Oslo Airport.

More than 3,000 employees are responsible for planning, developing and operating airports and air navigation services. Avinor is funded by aviation fees and commercial sales at the airports.

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