• SJU reference # PJ.10-01a /Release 2019
  • Stakeholders
  • Benefits Cost-efficiency
  • Status Available for industrialisation/deployment

Demands on European airspace continue to grow as traffic rises and new entrants such as unmanned and high altitude aerial vehicles take to the skies. Air traffic control relies on highly trained controllers, who work with support tools to plan and manage traffic flow, where the combination of human intervention and automation tools is crucial to maintaining safe and efficient traffic flow.

Among new team structures under review, a multi-sector planner position is proposed with the responsibility for the airspace controlled by more than one executive controller. The planner is able to adjust sector boundaries so that workload is balanced between controllers in order to distribute traffic and separation across the whole team. The concept applies to both the en-route and terminal area environment.

This candidate solution concentrates on the environment in which the planner operates, either the extended TMA or en-route. This includes how sectorisation interacts with broader air traffic flow capacity management and how it relates to current and future route structures such as free route airspace. In particular, it considers the coordination support tools and harmonisation procedures needed to operate within the wider airspace. It also assumes the planner can access advanced trajectory prediction capability, conflict detection, conflict and intent monitoring, and flight conformance monitoring.


  • Improved operational and cost efficiency
  • Maintained levels of safety