Members of aviation industry in Europe call for SESAR Deployment Manager lifecycle extension
Members of aviation industry in Europe call for SESAR Deployment Manager lifecycle extension

Members of aviation industry in Europe call for SESAR Deployment Manager lifecycle extension

Press Release

All 19 members of SESAR Deployment Alliance, representing airports, airlines, and air navigation providers, sign joint letter expressing their commitment to continue their role in deploying SESAR.


Brussels, Belgium, 25th July 2018 – SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) has received a boost after all 19 members of the SESAR Deployment Alliance (SDA), representing airports, airlines, and air navigation providers, signed a joint letter developing proposals for optimizing SDM role and calling for an extension of SDA in SDM’s role beyond its current mandate ending in 2020.

The letter was signed by all the Chief Executive Officers and Chief Operating Officers of the 19 members of the SDA: ACI Europe, Air France, AustroControl, British Airways, Croatia Control, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung, DSNA, EasyJet, ENAIRE, ENAV, HungaroControl, IAA, LFV, Lufthansa, NATS, Naviair, PANSA, ROMATSA, and RYANAIR.

Jonathan Astill, Chairman of SDA’s Board and Nicolas Warinsko, General Manager of the SDA then delivered the letter to the Director General for Mobility & Transport at the European Commission, Henrik Hololei.

The letter expresses the commitment of these 19 members to continue their role as SESAR Deployment Manager in the next Multiannual Financial Framework starting on the 1st January 2021, and speed up the deployment of SESAR by keeping the aviation industry in the cockpit for continuing the modernisation of the European skies.

Since its establishment, in December 2014, SDA in the role of SDM has been successful in translating the Pilot Common Project (PCP) Implementing Regulation in the SESAR Deployment Programme, fully supported by the operational stakeholders.

This wide buy-in translates into more than 300 projects deploying SESAR within the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) framework under SDM coordination. This represents more than 70% of the PCP implemented or being implemented by 85 civil and military Implementing Partners in 34 States enabled by EUR1.4 billion of private investments and EUR1.1 billion of EU grants. As soon as the European Commission decides on the Call 2017, PCP implementation will rise to 85%.

More importantly, SDM and the Implementing Partners have already completed 75 projects for about EUR200million worth of investments which already deliver actual contribution to Europe’s ATM performance in the range of EUR30million worth of benefits just for this year, and more than EUR600million cumulated until 2030.

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About SESAR Deployment Manager

The SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) function is defined by the Article 9 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) N°409/2013. Under the oversight of the European Commission, the SDM function consists of the synchronisation and the coordination of the deployment of the Common Projects. A Common Project is a Commission Implementing Regulation which mandates the implementation of the most essential operational changes in the European ATM Master Plan by the Member States of the European Union and their operational stakeholders. The first Common Project is known as the Pilot Common Project (PCP) and is defined by the Regulation (EU) N°716/2014. The SDM synchronises and coordinates implementation against the SESAR Deployment Programme which is a project view of the Common Projects organizing their implementation into optimum sequences of activities by all the stakeholders required to implement. To develop and maintain the SESAR Deployment Programme in close consultation with all the stakeholders is another important task under the SDM function.

The SDM function is performed by the SESAR Deployment Alliance (SDA). The SDA is a “Not-for-Profit” International Association (AISBL) set-up under Belgian Law and composed of leading airlines, airports and air navigation service providers – the managers and users of Europe’s airspace. They are committed to the principle of the Single European Sky and to deploying the technologies that will deliver it to create customer and environmental efficiencies. SDA currently coordinates the implementation of 300 Air Traffic Management modernization projects of which 75 already completed and bringing benefits to the European passenger.