FAB CE Objectives



The implementation of FAB CE will maintain and wherever possible improve the current level of safety – despite any increase in traffic  - notwithstanding the increased traffic through the establishment of a common safety management system.

FAB CE has put in place an ongoing safety assessment process that will result in the production of a FAB CE Safety Case. The FAB CE Safety Management Systems Roadmap plans activities in the safety area with the aim of harmonizing existing national Safety Management Systems' processes within the next five years and managing safety efficiently.  

Optimum use of airspace, improved flight efficiency and environmental performance

The ATM services within the FAB CE will be provided in an environment characterised by cross-border airspace design and extensive cross-border sectorisation. The airspace design process will therefore not be constrained by borders between the FAB CE States but will be based on operational needs and air traffic flows resulting in better horizontal and vertical flight efficiency, improvements in productivity and the consequent increase in capacity.

Free Route Airspace Concept in FAB CE

With the Free Route Airspace concept the expected benefits are even more substantial. Users will be able to freely plan a route between a defined entry and exit point, with the possibility to route via intermediate (published or unpublished) way points, without reference to the ATS route network. Implementation of Free Route Airspace has already begun in most of the FAB CE states. The step by step realisation within FAB CE will result in incremental benefits by applying Free Route Airspace structures and principles and deploying Free Route Airspace stepwise across the borders as part of a FAB CE wide implementation programme.


FAB CE’s work programme will result in a reduction of flight delays, while at the same time handling more air traffic. Capacity will be increased to cope with the expected rise of  traffic. Enhanced civil/military cooperation and application of Flexible Use of Airspace procedures will also be a benefitting factor to increasing capacity. FAB CE is projected to improve financial and economic cost-effectiveness by around 3-4% compared to the situation without the FAB, as indicated by the CBA.