Approach

Objectives

Delivering the Single European Sky

The Single European Sky (SES) is an ambitious initiative launched by the European Commission in 2004 to reform the architecture of European ATM. It proposes a legislative approach to meet future capacity and safety needs at a European rather than local level.

The key objectives of the SES are to restructure European airspace as a function of air traffic flows; to create additional capacity; and to increase the overall efficiency of the air traffic management system.

In order to fulfil these objectives, the European Commission set the following High-Level Goals:

  • Enable a 3-fold increase in capacity which will also reduce delays both on the ground and in the air
  • Improve safety by a factor of 10
  • Enable a 10% reduction in the effects flights have on the environment
  • Provide ATM services to the airspace users at a cost of at least 50% less

Benefits

SESAR aims to contribute to the SES goals, offering benefits in four key areas: cost efficiency; capacity, safety and the environment.