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FREQUENTIS: COVID-19 compels aviation industry to speed up the modernisation of the ATM system and prioritise business continuity

Frequentis emphasises benefit of SESAR Virtual Centre concept during pandemic 

Many flights across the world remain grounded due to COVID-19, however, repatriation flights and cargo flights require the airspace to remain open. There have also been cases of interrupted air traffic control (ATC) services due to suspected COVID cases in air traffic control centres. Today’s operational ATC concept does not allow other sectors to immediately take-over operations, if area control centres (ACCs) are taken out of service. This calls for a modernisation of the ATM system, building on virtualised ATC centres for ACCs and tower, with built-in business continuity, beyond national or regional borders.

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