• SJU reference # PJ.16-03 /Release 9
  • Stakeholders
  • Benefits Cost-efficiency
  • Status In the pipeline

Europe’s air traffic management is in many cases composed of country-based systems and processes. This fragmentation or proliferation of systems results in a lack of interoperability and increases the cost of air navigation services. Virtual centres provide increased flexibility by sharing air traffic control operations between ATSUs and help to create a more seamless airspace.

A virtual centre decouples the service unit from the ATM data provider (ADSP) and enables data services – including flight data management, surveillance, and voice communications - to be supplied to multiple ATSUs. One ATSU may use data services from multiple ADSPs, just as an ADSP may serve multiple ATSUs. This flexibility leads to greater technical and operational agility, which in turn leads to improved performance.

SESAR is setting out the high-level system architecture, creating service definitions for ATM functions, and defining the interaction between data centres as well as local and contingency infrastructures. The candidate solution simulates and tests the provision of air traffic control and voice data initially in the route and approach control domains, with tower operations among future applications.

SJU references: #PJ.16-03 / Release 9


  • Increased cost efficiency
  • Enhanced security