The second phase of the Asia Pacific Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) project is progressing. The focus for 2015 involves the preparation of a detailed implementation plan accompanied by a series of implementation focused cross-border ATFM workshops. These workshops will be held in partnership with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and involve experts from regional and international organizations.

In 2014 IATA initiated the project with the first phase focusing on establishing a baseline view of ATFM capability and interoperability in the region, and the development of recommendations for progressing regional cross-border ATFM. Cross-border ATFM will help to increase the air traffic capacity in the region. Currently flow management initiatives are often implemented on an individual country by country basis with no consideration of the cumulative ‘knock-on’ impact on adjacent airspaces, and ultimately on flights using those airspaces.

It is critical that States work together collaboratively to implement cross-border ATFM procedures that consider the whole of the flight route (which in Asia-Pacific could stretch all the way from New Zealand to Japan). The potential fuel savings across Asia-Pacific from the comprehensive implementation of ATFM initiatives are estimated to reach US$1.1B to US$1.4 billion annually by 2019.