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13 February 2018

Italy: landing a National Airspace Strategy

ENAV, the Italian Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), and IATA will cooperate to build a strategy based on the success of recent airspace and wider Air Traffic Management (ATM) developments put in place by ENAV and Italian stakeholders to respond to the Single European Sky objectives. Industry forecasts indicate the demand for aviation in Italy is set to grow to 173 million passengers a year by 2036.

Servicing this demand while ensuring safety, and reducing costs, CO2 emissions, and delays, requires Italy to modernize its airspace and Air Traffic Management network. Air transport contributes €42.4 billion to Italian GDP and supports almost 600,000 jobs. A successful airspace modernization is expected to unleash significant socio-economic benefits, generating an extra €27 billion in annual GDP and 95,000 jobs.

ENAV and IATA have presented the key drivers for the Italian Airspace Strategy to ENAC, the Italian Civil Aviation Authority. The latter fully endorsed this initiative, which will provide modernization and improvements in terms of safety, environment, flight efficiency, connectivity (including interoperability), cost efficiency and business continuity. The Italian National Airspace Strategy includes:

  • strategic direction for the future of Air Traffic Management
  • Airspace evolution to further support capacity and more efficient routes, and reduce fuel burn and emissions
  • Enhanced cooperation of key Italian stakeholders with European partners to accelerate the Single European Sky initiative

The work aimed at delivering the Italian Airspace Strategy is ongoing and its cross-industry engagement approach will involve industry stakeholders as well as all organizations/communities interested in supporting the National Airspace Strategy.

Both IATA’s DG and ENAV’s CEO expressed strong support and appreciation for a collaborative approach in shaping a more modern and efficient air navigation. Please consult the joint press release which received national exposure through domestic newspapers and main news agencies.

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