AOM21.1 — Direct Routing

Direct Routing Airspace is described as an airspace defined laterally and vertically with a set of entry/exit conditions where published direct routings are available. Direct Routing aims at offering additional route options to the airspace users while maintaining the same level of safety. It offers flexibility and brings more predictability to the system; it is foreseen as an intermediate step towards Free Route Airspace (FRA).

The Direct Routing implementation is coordinated through the NM European Route Network Improvement Plan (ERNIP) and the Network Operations Plan following the Strategic Objectives and Targets set in the Network Strategic Plan and in the Network Manager Performance Plan.

The geographical scope for Direct Routing is defined by PCP IR as the airspace for which the Member States are responsible at and above flight level 310 in the ICAO EUR Region.

NOTE FOR MILITARY AUTHORITIES: It is the responsibility of each Military Authority to review this ESSIP Objective IN ITS ENTIRETY and address each of the SloAs that the Military Authority considers RELEVANT for itself. This has to be done on top and above of the review of "MIL" SloAs which identify actions EXCLUSIVE to MIL Authorities.

Edition
2016
Stakeholders
Air Navigation Service Provider / Network Manager
Type
PCP
Scope
Multi-National
Status
Active

Context

Applicability Area(s) and Timescales

Applicability Area:
All EU States except: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania. Plus: Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Maastricht UAC, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey
(All ECAC States, at and above FL310 (not applicable for those States that have already implement FRA or planned to deploy FRA at and above FL310 before 1 January 2018))
Timescales From By Applicable to
Initial Operational Capability 01-01-2015 Applicability Area
Full Operational Capability 31-12-2017 Applicability Area

Links to SESAR Solutions

Links to PCP ATM Sub-Functionalities

References

Applicable legislation
- Regulation (EU) No 677/2011 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of air traffic management (ATM) network functions and amending Regulation (EU) No 691/2010
- Regulation (EU) No 716/2014 on the establishment of the Pilot Common Project
Applicable ICAO Annexes and other references
None
Deployment Programme 2016
Family 3.2.1 - Upgrade of ATM systems (NM, ANSPs, Aus) to support Direct Routings (DCTs) and Free Routing Airspace (FRA)
Family 3.2.3 - Implement Published Direct Routings (DCTs)
Operating Environments

Expected Performance Benefits

Safety
Although the main benefits are expected in the area of environment and operational efficiency Direct Routing implementation has the ambition to at least maintain the current level of safety.
Capacity
-
Operational efficiency
Savings in route distances and fuel efficiency through increased use of preferred flight profiles and improved sectorisation.
Cost efficiency
-
Environment
Reductions in emissions through use of more optimal routes.
Security
-
  Code Title From By Related Enablers
 
ASP01 Implement procedures and processes in support of the network dimension
  • 01-01-2015
  • 31-12-2017
 
ASP02 Implement system improvements
  • 01-01-2015
  • 31-12-2017
 
ASP03 Implement procedures and processes in support of the local dimension
  • 01-01-2015
  • 31-12-2017
 
ASP04 Implement transversal activities (verification at local/regional level, safety case and training)
  • 01-01-2015
  • 31-12-2017
 
NM01 Implement system improvements
  • 01-01-2015
  • 31-12-2017
 
NM02 Implement procedures and processes
  • 01-01-2015
  • 31-12-2017
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Supporting Material

Title Related SLoAs

EUROCONTROL - European Route Network Improvement Plan (ERNIP) PART 3 - Airspace Management Handbook - Guidelines for Airspace Management; Edition February 2013

http://www.eurocontrol.int/sites/default/files/content/documents/nm/airspace/ernip-part-1-airspace-design-methodology.pdf

NM02

EUROCONTROL - European Route Network Improvement Plan (ERNIP) Part 1 - Free Route Airspace Concept 06/2013

http://www.eurocontrol.int/sites/default/files/content/documents/nm/airspace/ernip-part-1-airspace-design-methodology.pdf

ASP03, ASP04

EUROCONTROL - European Route Network Improvement Plan (ERNIP) Part 2 - European ATS Route Network - Version 2013-2015 06/2013

http://www.eurocontrol.int/sites/default/files/content/documents/nm/airspace/ernip-part-2-arn-v8.pdf

NM02

EUROCONTROL - European Route Network Improvement Plan (ERNIP) Part 4 - Route Availability Document Users Manual - Edition June 2013

http://www.eurocontrol.int/sites/default/files/content/documents/nm/airspace/ernip-part-4-rad-users-manual.pdf

NM01, NM02

Consultation & Approval

Working Arrangement in charge
NETOPS
Outline description approved in
Latest objective review at expert level
Commitment Decision Body
Provisional Council (PC)
Objective approved/endorsed in
10/2015
Latest change to objective approved/endorsed in
10/2015