At the end of July 2018, all 19 members of the SESAR Deployment Alliance (SDA) in their role of SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM), representing airports, airlines, and ANSPs, came together to sign a joint letter, which outlined the alliance’s commitment to continue their role in deploying SESAR.
Jonathan Astill, Chairman of SDA’s Board and myself, as the General Manager, then delivered the letter to the Director General for Mobility & Transport at the European Commission, Henrik Hololei.
This is more than just a piece of paper. It is a strong and firm offer illustrating that all 19 members want to carry on working toward the modernization of European airspace.
The mandate covering SESAR Deployment Manager’s main role, synchronising and coordinating air traffic management modernisation projects is due to end in 2020.
This action illustrates the commitment to continue in the next Multiannual Financial Framework starting on January 1, 2021 and speed up the deployment of SESAR by keeping the aviation industry in the cockpit for continuing the modernization of European skies.
We want to engage in discussions with our alliance members, other stakeholders and with the European Commission to promote the work carried out by SDM and highlight our capacity to grow and improve in our role to develop a modern air traffic management system.
SESAR Deployment Manager has been working since 2014 to deploy the Pilot Common Project (PCP), which is the first Common Project under SESAR, the technological pillar of Europe’s Single European Sky initiative.
PCP currently represents more than 300 projects, of which already 76 completed and the rest ongoing.
This translates to 86% of the PCP either fully implemented or currently being implemented when taking into account the Call 2017.
This amounts to over EUR200 million worth of investments which already deliver actual contribution to Europe’s ATM performance in the range of EUR36 million worth of benefits for this year alone, and more than EUR630 million cumulated until 2030.
To already be at this percentage of completion, when a lot of the projects don’t actually have completion dates until beyond 2020, is a great success.
This is not just the result of some stakeholders in a corner of Europe.
We are talking about 300 projects in 34 states by 85 civil and military partners, who are jointly working under our coordination.
The SDA is an unprecedented partnership and such levels of coordination have not really been seen in this industry before.
As we reach the halfway point in the current SESAR lifecycle, we are immensely proud of the work we have accomplished so far, which would not have been possible without the collaborative efforts of all involved.
I am ready to continue delivering modern skies in Europe, together with all stakeholders.
SESAR Deployment Manager