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IATA and BULATSA to develop and implement national airspace strategy for Bulgaria

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Bulgarian Air Navigation Service Provider (BULATSA) are set to work together to develop and implement a National Airspace Strategy for Bulgaria.

The collaboration is geared to deliver benefits to the travelling public, and help spur national economic growth and the competitiveness of the country’s aviation sector.

Over the next two decades, passenger demand for air transport in Bulgaria is projected to double. In able to cater to this boost in demand, while also managing costs, CO2 emissions and delays, Bulgaria must update its airspace and Air Traffic Management (ATM) system.

Should the country be able to successfully pull it off, the move has the potential to produce substantial benefits and generate an added €628 million in annual GDP and 11,300 jobs each year by 2035.

BULATSA and IATA have pledged to work together and with aviation stakeholders to create and implement the National Airspace Strategy in support of the Single European Sky (SES) initiative. The main elements of the strategy involve leadership and a collaborative stakeholder approach, airspace management, and technical modernization of the ATM system.

Georgi Peev, the Director General of BULATSA, said:

“I welcome this initiative, which will support the ongoing evolution of our technology and operations.

“The development of a national airspace strategy would further enhance the good cooperation with our customers and partners and would contribute to achieving the SES high level goals.

“The implementation of BULATSA’s key projects related to airspace reorganization and to capabilities to meet high traffic levels combined with increased complexity of operations are expanding the foundation for the delivery of BULATSA’s ambitious targets.”

IATA Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, also had this to say:

“Bulgaria will occupy an ever-more important position in European airspace as East-West traffic increases in the coming years.

“And Bulgaria itself is a fast-growing economy which will see a significant passenger surge. Ensuring that the airspace is optimized to cope with increased traffic will benefit not only Bulgaria but the wider European traveling public.

“As Bulgaria takes up its Presidency of the European Union, this commitment to building a National Airspace Strategy is a concrete sign of the nation fulfilling a strategic leadership role. We congratulate BULATSA for its vision, and look forward to working with them to make airspace modernization a success.”

The Bulgarian National Airspace Strategy will include:

• Enhancement of coordination for more efficient flightpaths;

• Airspace optimization at regional level as well as between regions;

• Increased capacity while ensuring safety levels;

• Improved punctuality of flights;

• Better sharing of information across the European air transport network.

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