Budapest, 10 November 2020 - The South East Europe Free Route Airspace (SEE FRA) introduced and launched by HungaroControl has proven to be the lead in the Hungarian Competition for Quality Innovation. Thanks to SEE FRA, aircraft will be able to operate in the region’s airspace without restrictions for a year, thus significantly reducing the ecological footprint of air traffic.
During the last few days, one of the most significant developments at HungaroControl has commenced: the upgrade of the company’s air navigation and voice communication systems. As of today and following yesterday’s successful changeover, air traffic controllers will deliver services in the Hungarian and upper-airspace of Kosovo from HungaroControl’s contingency control center.
In 2019, the air traffic controllers of HungaroControl were responsible for safely managing more than one million flights; the most notable growth occurred in Kosovo’s upper airspace where controllers managed 23 percent more flights than the previous year. Charged with managing air traffic in Hungary, we did not only set a record in service volume, but also in financial performance. Preliminary data reveals a projected annual revenue of HUF 37 billion for 2019.
Digitalising tower operations is a fundamental change for the air traffic management industry; however its benefits relating to resilience and safety continue to be proven. In 2017, HungaroControl launched remote tower operations at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. In doing so, we became the first air navigation service provider (ANSP) to be operationally certified to provide tower services without restrictions using a remote tower at a medium-capacity airport