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North European air navigation service providers form new commercial alliance

21-Jun-2012 12:23 PM

Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden and the UK's air navigation service providers (ANSPs) signed (20-Jun-2012) the Borealis Alliance agreement, a formal commercial alliance to improve efficiency and reduce costs and environmental impact of air traffic. The nine ANSPs provide air traffic services for 3.5 million flights a year and control Europe’s major trans-Atlantic gateway. Borealis Alliance will focus on strategic business cooperation between the member ANSPs, seeking economies of scale and projects that can be achieved on a commercial basis, complementing the work of the northern European Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs) but without the need for regulatory or State involvement. Lance Stuart has been recruited from NATS in the UK to be the new executive director. Knut Skaar of Norway’s Avinor is chairman of the Borealis Alliance board. An executive management team will be recruited over the summer and Borealis Alliance will operate an initial proving period to the end of 2013. [more - original PR]