Contributing to cost effectiveness

There are many elements of SESAR procedures and technologies that are intended to increase the cost effectiveness of the ATM system.

  • Applying of 1 Planner-2 Tactical configuration (1P-2T) within controller teams in a multi-sector environment improves ability to resource to demand, providing significant reduction in costs associated with staff overheads.


  • Remote and virtual towers allow for a cost effective provision of Air Traffic Services at one airport with controllers that are not physically present on location. This technology could make a strong contribution to the economically sustainable operation of smaller regional and ultra-peripheral airports.


  • The development of System Wide Information Management ,SWIM, will facilitate greater sharing of information between ATM stakeholders, which will lead to less duplication and increased predictability, as well as more efficient routing and lower fuel consumption. As the SWIM concept grows in maturity, standardisation of interfaces between systems will bring down equipment costs for air traffic control (ATC).


  • The use of a simple Airport Departure Data Entry Panel (ADDEP) improves the integration of small regional airports by providing a low-cost solution to compute and share aircraft electronic pre-departure data to the ATM network, between the tower and approach controllers, as well as the tower and the Network Manager.


  • The implementation of Localizer Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) procedures, which serve as fallback in case of ILS failure, can enable landing operations in bad weather conditions or in airports that are not equipped with ILS. Airport landing rates can therefore be improved or maintained, and costs associated with airport closure or flight diversions due to bad weather conditions can be avoided.


  • Enhanced Departure Manager establishes the pre-departure sequence and thereby improves traffic predictability, which results in cost efficiency in terms of increased airport capacity and fuel savings.


  • Automated support for Dynamic Sectorisation provides supporting tools to areas with high traffic density to evaluate the most suitable Air Traffic Control airspace configuration (sectors). Dynamic Capacity Management increases cost effectiveness by adapting the capacity to traffic load by grouping and de-grouping sectors and managing the staff resources accordingly.