Republic of Cyprus

Air Space

    Single European Sky

    The decision to create a "Single European Sky" was taken in 2004. It came in response to the implementation of the internal market and the increased mobility of Europeans. Over the last decade, air traffic has grown by more than 50%. Europe now has close to 8.5 million flights per year. It is expected that today’s traffic will have doubled by 2020 within the EU region.

    This led to greater demand for air transport and put a strain on the capacity of the infrastructure. The national fragmentation of air traffic management hinders optimal capacity usage and imposes an unnecessary financial burden on aviation. Safety requirements have to be improved in parallel with the increase in traffic. Growing environmental awareness is also putting pressure on aviation to demonstrate its environmental performance. To tackle these issues, the Commission has come up with a package of proposals, including the establishment of the SESAR Joint Under-taking. As part of the Single European Sky initiative, SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) represents its technological dimension. It will help create a “paradigm shift”, supported by state-of-the-art and innovative technology. The SESAR program will give Europe a high-performance air traffic control infrastructure which will enable the safe and environmentally friendly development of air transport.

    As first step, under the European Regulation of the Flexible Use of Airspace, Cyprus has established an Airspace Management Cell, which is a joint civil/military body and is located at the Department of Civil Aviation, in Nicosia.