• SJU reference # PJ.08-01 /Release 2019
  • Stakeholders
  • Benefits Capacity
    Operational efficiency
  • Status In the pipeline

Managing airspace in a more dynamic way, for example by designing sectors based around predicted traffic flow, can increase capacity while reducing delays and emissions. SESAR research is making progress on the concept of dynamic airspace configuration (DAC), which allows ANSPs to organise, plan, and manage airspace configurations with enough flexibility to respond to changes in traffic demand. The aim is to harmonise airspace management, flow management, and air traffic control during planning phases to deliver a seamless and dynamic process enabled by Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) between stakeholders. The candidate solution is composed of procedures and tools, which take account of 4D trajectory forecasts, fixed and flexible routing, and reserved or restricted airspace. It foresees dynamic sectorisation and airspace reservation/ restriction (ARES) as part of the broader DCB process, where airspace configuration is a dynamic part of cross-border integrated capacity management. The solution also integrates dynamic mobile areas (DMA) into the process.
These include military reservations at a specific reference point agreed upon in a CDM process that satisfies airspace users’ requirements, known as Type 1 DMA; and military needs at any geographical location along the trajectory, known as Type 2 DMA. Both types can be positioned with minimum impact on civil and military users within the dynamic environment. In this way, DCB allows for dynamic management of the airspace configurations and user trajectories.

SJU references #PJ.08-01 Wave 2


  • Enhanced safety and security
  • Enhanced predictability  ƒ
  • Increased operational and cost-efficiency
  • Optimised en-route capacity
  • Reduced fuel consumption and emissions
  • Enhanced civil-military cooperation and coordination