The management of ROMATSA and BULATSA met in Sofia on 26th October for the eighth meeting of the DANUBE FAB ANSP Board. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. Georgi PEEV, Director General BULATSA, and Mr. Gabriel DUMITRESCU, Director General ROMATSA.

The Status of the DANUBE FAB RP2 Performance Plan was discussed with a view to securing safe and efficient service provision.
The main drivers for the Performance Plan are related to the high traffic levels due to the situation in Ukraine and the commissioning of the new airport in Istanbul, which would lead to significant changes in air traffic flows and increased complexity of the airspace. The participants were updated on the steps taken for revision of the DANUBE FAB Performance Plan for the part concerning Bulgaria with the caveat that no key performance indicators, which are monitored and measured at FAB level, will be affected from the proposed amendment of the RP2 Performance Plan.

The participants were updated on the trilateral discussions to consider Free Route Airspace (FRA) implementation between Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary that led to the initiation of the South East Europe Night Free Route Airspace project within Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania (SEEN FRA) with the support of the Network Manager. The implementation date is agreed to be 30 March 2017. It was stated that DANUBE FAB transition to full FRA operations will be dependent on several factors, including airspace design and enhanced ATCO tools. The participants were also informed about the status of the Gate One Free Route study project that aims at investigating the potential benefits of the implementation of free routes in the Gate One area covering the airspace of DANUBE FAB, FAB CE, Baltic FAB, Belgrade and Skopje FIRs.

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