Borealis Free Route Airspace


Feb. '16OngoingDec. '23

Implementing Partners

Leader: Borealis Alliance
Contributor: Ryanair
Contributor: Finavia
Contributor: Fintraffic ANS
Contributor: Naviair
Contributor: NATS
Contributor: LGS
Contributor: LFV
Contributor: IAA


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The Borealis Free Route Airspace is a wide-range modernisation programme aimed at deploying crossborder Free Route operations within the whole Northern European airspace, thanks to the adoption of new technologies and an increased collaboration between several ANSPs.

Thanks to this programme, airspace users will be allowed to freely plan and choose their preferred routes when flying across the skies of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland Latvia, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom (almost 12.5 million square kilometers). Already today, airlines entering the European airspace from the Russian border are now allowed to fly all above Scandinavia as if in one single airspace.

It is anticipated that the initiative will enable massive savings of fuel burnt by Airspace Users per year, thanks to more direct and shorter flight paths across the Northern European Sky. This in turn will translate into significant reductions of CO2 emissions, helping to moderate the environmental footprint of operations.

Additional Information

  • Project Type: Air Navigation Service Provider
  • CEF Call Year: 2015
  • Civil/Military: Civil
  • Multistakeholder: Yes
  • Main AF: AF3 - Flexible ASM and Free Route
  • Sub AF: S-AF 3.2 Free Route
  • Progress Percentage: 76%


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