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NUAC (Nordic Unified Air traffic Control)

Kastrup, DenmarkLFV (Sweden) and Naviair (Denmark)

The initiative, NUAC (Nordic Unified Air traffic Control), is a partnership established, and equally owned, by Naviair (Denmark) and LFV Holding AB (Sweden). NUAC is certified as ATSP (Air Traffic Service Provider) hence enabling Naviair and LFV to enter into a subcontractor agreement regarding the operations of the Air Traffic Control centers (ATCC) in Copenhagen, Malmoe and Stockholm.

NUAC was established 2009 as the first – and still the only - integrated operating company in Europe that is responsible for En route ATM in a joint Functional Airspace Bloc – the DK-SE FAB.

Naviair and LFV are, as designated ANSPs (Air Navigation Service Providers), part of the national En route cost-base in Denmark and Sweden. Cost-efficiency improvements that arise as a consequence of NUAC deliverables will have effect on Naviair and LFV contribution to the national cost-base.

NUAC is constantly working on developing and implementing efficiency measures and improvements.

During RP1 from 2012 – 2014 one of the initiatives was the NUAC efficiency plan which resulted in a reduction of 48 FTE in the combined Naviair/LFV staff seconded to NUAC.

This and other NUAC initiatives have contributed to the significant reductions in the en-route price implemented by LFV and Naviair at the beginning of RP2 by 1 January 2015. While maintaining both our high safety level and efficient ATM (which will ensure the usual high level of regularity) we expect to be able to reduce our prices for En route still further between now and 2019 partly based on the activities and cost reductions in NUAC.

For 2014 – 2019 LFV and Naviair have defined an efficiency goal for NUAC to deliver cost reductions amounting to approximately 10 million Euros a year by 2019. This is equal to 67 FTEs or approx 10 percent of the total combined Naviair/LFV staff seconded to NUAC by New Year 2016.

NUAC is one of the tools used by LFV and Naviair to realize our ambitions to meet the demands from our customers to enhance our service and lower costs and at the same time contribute to the harmonisation of ATM in Europe and meeting the EUs aim concerning harmonisation through SES. Through NUAC, we also ensure continued improvement in the efficiency of ATM and carry out continuous development and optimis¬ation of the utilisation of airspace.

One example of airspace optimisation is Free Route Airspace which LFV and Naviair through NUAC introduced in the Danish-Swedish FAB back in 2011. Free Route Airspace allows the airlines free planning of their flights through the FAB. The result is shorter routes and reduced flight times, leading to fuel savings and thus benefits the airlines’ finances. Free Route Airspace also results in reduced greenhouse gas emissions, with beneficial effects on the environment as well.

The larger the areas covered by Free Route Airspace, the greater the bene¬fits for aviation and the environment. With this in mind, Naviair and LFV, in cooperation with the ANSPs in Norway, Finland, Estonia and Latvia – together forming NEFAB, the North European Functional Airspace Block – have implemented the extension of Free Route Airspace to cover the entire Nordic area by November 2015 (the NEFRA-project). NUAC has been responsible for the successful operational implementation of NEFRA in the Danish-Swedish FAB.

Through joint aviation liability insurance for LFV, Naviair and NUAC, LFV and Naviair have reduced premium expenses by 2012 with 40 % compared to earlier.

Furthermore LFV and Naviair are – among a row of others initiatives - implementing COOPANS standardisations through NUAC. In 2015 the two companies established a Joint Programme Office (JPO) to be responsible for the continuation of the harmonisation and the use of technical systems in Copenhagen, Malmø and Stockholm control centres. The JPO will secure further cost reductions through joint coordination, planning and joint operative concept leading to increased efficiency and staff reductions over time.

Award criteria

  • Contribution to increasing capacity of ATM systems
  • Contribution to increasing safety of ATM systems
  • Contribution to reducing ATM costs
  • Contribution to reducing the impact of air transport on the environment
  • Early implementation


NUAC is contributing to increasing capacity of the ATM system through:

  • Close to zero delays en-route in DK-SE FAB
  • Implementing Free Route Airspace in DK-SE FAB
  • Common floor management
  • Full standardisation in the ATCCs in Copenhagen, Malmoe and Stockholm

NUAC is contributing to increasing safety of ATM systems trough:

  • Cooperation on Safety Management System
  • Common Critical Incident Stress Management Concept (CISM)
  • Common unit training/Joint Training Concept (OJTI)

NUAC is contributing to reducing ATM costs through:

  • Common efficiency programs leading to substantial price reductions for en-route in Denmark as well as Sweden
  • Joint aviation liability insurance for LFV, Naviair and NUAC from 2012 (40% reduction of premium expenses compared to earlier)

NUAC is contributing to reducing the impact of air transport on environment through:

  • Free Route Airspace leading to fuel savings for the airlines and thus reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

NUAC was a "first mover" through:

  • Being the first – and still the only - integrated operating company in Europe that is responsible for all en-route ATM in a joint functional airspace bloc – the DK-SE FAB.
  • Implementing FRA in the full DK-SE FAB as early as 2011.
  • Implementing label harmonisation in the control centres in Denmark and Sweden in 2014

NUAC implies a great potential to be replicated over the ATM network:

  • A successful integrated company holds many advantages for the partners as well as for the aviation due to a high potential for increasing efficiency and cost savings while at the same time leading to even improved safety levels and increased capacity. NUAC is the perfect example.

NUAC - and the Naviair/LFV partnership behind it - have led to many innovations for example:

  • Common Critical Incident Stress Management Concept (CISM)
  • Common Unit Training/On Job Training Concept (OJTI)
  • Label harmonisation in the centres in Copenhagen, Malmoe and Stockholm
  • A lean and harmonised NUAC management structure

NUAC is in itself a successful example of a partnership which is promoting the idea of partnerships in Air Traffic Management:

  • By adopting best practise from LFV and Naviair NUAC benefits from the partnership enabling improvements of ATM and safety
  • The efficiency improvements made possible by the partnership is resulting in cost savings

NUAC is contributing to development of change management:

  • By mastering the challenges of establishing the first fully integrated operating company in Europa change management was the main part of the job. Through the process LFV and Naviair have developed a brand new "partnership" management structure in European ATM. Today NUAC is operated through KPIs set up and controlled by the owners with the overall ambition to constantly improve ATM in the DK-SE FAB in all areas and at the same time reduce costs.

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