News

2017

Hungarian-Romanian-Bulgarian Free Route: further decrease in the emission of airplanes
HungaroControl Zrt. and ROMATSA, the Romanian air navigation service provider helped to establish the free route concept in Bulgaria, which allows the free use of Bulgarian airspace from 30th March. Airplanes may freely use the airspace between the defined entry points and exit points without restrictions, even following the shortest route possible. Based on the experience, this results in a decrease of fuel consumption and emissions of airplanes.

2016

Key Customers Meeting and Workshop: industry consultation for safer and more efficient flights in the Hungarian airspace
A professional forum was held in Budapest with the participation of pilots, navigation and ATC experts from five international airlines – Austrian Airlines, easyJet, Etihad, Ryanair and Wizz Air –, the representatives of Budapest Airport and HungaroControl’s air traffic controllers, flight safety and ATM system design specialists. Upon HungaroControl’s initiative, key aviation stakeholders met for the third time to jointly discuss and analyse issues related to increasing flight safety and improving air navigation services, work processes and procedures. The findings of this year’s two-day forum facilitate both the intensification of communication between pilots and air traffic controllers and efficient route and procedure design, and thus make aviation more economical and environmentally friendly in the airspace controlled by Hungarian air traffic controllers.
Budapest 2.0: The international collaboration demonstrating ATM developments with live traffic has been completed
Budapest 2.0, a project with international collaboration has demonstrated the benefits of three technological innovations co-financed by SESAR, the organisation setting the directions for the development of air traffic management in Europe, through real flights. The program has demonstrated the capabilities of solutions supporting continuous descent, the benefits of satellite-based arrival procedures, and the applicability of remote tower control in the vicinity of Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. These demonstrations were evaluated during a professional workshop held in the middle of November at HungaroControl's headquarters. The total budget of the project is nearly EUR 2.5 million, 50 percent of which has been funded by SESAR Joint Undertaking.
CANSO Global ATM Safety conference in Budapest a great success
CANSO's (Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation) global air traffic management safety conference was held on 6-11 November in Budapest, with HungaroControl hosting the event. 
Summer Season Ends in October for HungaroControl
Air traffic in the Hungarian airspace grew by 2 to 3% monthly in the peak summer months. This increase is significant considering that the drastic, 20% traffic increase in the past two years has by now become integrated into the traffic handled by HungaroControl. Hungarian air traffic controllers handle this unique situation without any significant delays. In air traffic control, summer season ends at the end of October and the size of traffic is close to double the traffic in the winter season. 
First EGNOS-based Approaches Implemented in Hungary
The European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP) announces that on 15th September, the first EGNOS-based approaches implemented in Hungarian territory became effective at Budapest Airport. The publication of these procedures has been possible thanks to the work performed in the framework of Budapest 2.0 project, funded by  SESAR Joint Undertaking .
The European Commission recommends Hungarian ATM development projects for funding
The European Commission recommends two Air Traffic Management (ATM) development projects – elaborated by HungaroControl’s experts – for funding.  One project aims to extend Free Route Airspace (FRA) across European borders, the other aims to support the safe and efficient flow of aircraft arriving at Vienna airport while in the Hungarian airspace.  HungaroControl submitted its proposals with the professional support of the Ministry of National Development. The total budget for the two projects amounts to EUR 3.1 million, 85% of which (more than EUR 2.6 million) is co-financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).   
Atos, HungaroControl and FREQUENTIS to support SESAR 2020
Nineteen members will participate in the industrial research, validation and demonstration activities of SESAR 2020, including the Frequentis SESAR partners consortium (consisting of Atos, HungaroControl and Frequentis). This consortium will enhance cross-industry innovation through integrating different stakeholders in the ATM value chain. Remote tower, virtualised centres and information management are key topics to be worked on.
New Functionality for HungaroControl’s ATS System
Test operations for the A-CDM (Airport-Collaborative Decision Making) functionality upgrade to HungaroControl’s air navigation software are nearly completed. The objective of the project (co-financed from EU funds) is to establish a procedure that ensures timely information for air traffic controllers, the airport, airlines and ground handling companies to enable accurate planning.  
2015: Record Traffic in the Hungarian Airspace
2015 proved to be a record year: for the first time in HungaroControl’s history, the number of aircraft handled in Hungary’s airspace exceeded 700,000 (755,418 exactly). The nearly 12% traffic increase meant more than a month’s additional work for air traffic controllers. With the more than 67,000 aircraft in the upper airspace over Kosovo, Hungarian air traffic controllers guaranteed safety for more than 820,000 flights in 2015.