Republic's Irish Aviation Authority assumes air traffic control for Northern Ireland
The Irish Aviation Authority is providing air traffic control services in airspace over Northern Ireland for the first time as part of a trial that sees responsibility for the area transferred to the agency from UK's air traffic control service NATS.
The trial – which runs until September – is part of the wider Single European Sky Initiative being promoted by the EU, which aims to organise airspace into 'functional airspace blocks', created around traffic flows rather than national borders.
The aim is to ensure an increasing amount of air traffic can be handled while cutting overall air traffic management and airline costs, and improving efficiency.
The trial is the first to test new ways of delivering air traffic control services to airlines and gather information on efficiencies that could be gained through dynamic sectorisation – the tactical switching of services between providers.