BLUE MED – coordinated by ENAV – is the European central/south-eastern FAB (Functional Airspace Block) as laid down in the Single European Sky legislation. It represents the natural access gate dedicated to air traffic flows coming from Africa and the Middle-East to Europe, namely among the regions with the highest prospective fast growth rates in the next future.
A FAB is a portion of airspace managed by the air navigation service providers of the involved Countries on the basis of common operational and technical requirements, with the goal of harmonising and unifying air traffic management, increasing operational capacity, reducing the environmental impact of operations and lowering Airlines costs.
The BLUE MED FAB, whose partners are the EU Member States of Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta, is open to the participation of other States which are interested in cooperating in a wide range of activities, allowing them to reap the full benefits of the integration of operational and technical solutions developed in the Mediterranean area.
ENAV, within the BLUE MED FAB, constantly supports ENAC (designated by the Italian State as a member of the Governing Board of the BLUE MED FAB) in the decision-making processes, defines the technological and operational needs of the Company, supports the civil-military cooperation processes among the Member States and acts, on behalf of the FAB, as interface with the European institutions that supervise and periodically monitor the activities of FABs.
BLUE MED key figures
• 1,675,000 kmq of managed airspace
• 8 Area Control Centres
• 2.5 million of controlled flights
• 93 airports
• 2,200 air traffic controllers (ATCOs)
• 99.43% flights on time
Routes optimization (2017 versus 2016)
• Reduction of 10.5 Nautical Miles for each flight (total average daily saving about 13,400 NM)
• Reduction of 75 kg of fuel for each flight
• Reduction of 235 kg of CO2 for each flight
Annual Savings (2017)
• 1,420,000 NM
• 10,100,000 kg of fuel
• 31,300 tonnes of CO2