Hitt og þetta 6. september 2006

Federal Council resolution marks the way ahead

Geneva, September 6, 2006. Switzerland will negotiate with France on the creation of a jointly-operated "functional airspace block". This is the conclusion that the Swiss Federal Council has come to and announced following its deliberations on the issue today. Alain Rossier, CEO of skyguide, welcomes the decision: "We are delighted at the Federal Council's conclusion, which will allow the first concrete steps to be taken in a collaboration within the overall framework of the Single European Sky," he says. "In taking them, skyguide and its French counterpart, the DSNA (Direction des Services de la Navigation Aérienne), will adopt a pioneering role in these endeavours. The Federal Council's decision sends a vital and forward-looking signal to Swiss air navigation services, and strengthens skyguide's commitment to a truly European approach to air traffic management issues and concerns."

Following a joint feasibility study, skyguide and the DSNA concluded in July 2006 that a jointly-operated functional airspace block (FAB) made sound sense in every respect, and should be further pursued.

The creation of FABs in Europe is one of the cornerstones of the European Union's Single European Sky project, which is intended to enhance the capacity and efficiency of Europe's air traffic management network. Under the Single European Sky, airspace should no longer be defined by national borders as it has been in the past, but should be organised supranationally in accordance with its users' needs.

Further information A dossier on the Single European Sky and a summary of the skyguide/DSNA feasibility study are available at: www.skyguide.ch/en/Dossiers/DossierSingleEuropeanSky/FAB/

skyguide swiss air navigation services ltd media relations

contact (for media only): phone: +41 22 417 40 08 e-mail: presse@skyguide.ch

internet: www.skyguide.ch

Skyguide is responsible for the provision of air navigation services within Swiss airspace and in the airspace of certain adjoining regions in neighbouring countries. Skyguide is a non-profit, limited company under private law. The majority of its shares are held by the Swiss Confederation. The annual turnover of the company exceeds 353 million Swiss francs. Skyguide employs some 1400 people at 12 locations in Switzerland.

The media release in three languages can be downloaded from the following link:

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