Published on April 18th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer


IAA Celebrates 10 Years of COOPANS Alliance

The IAA is today celebrating 10 years of savings and innovation for airlines through its COOPANS alliance. On 18th April 2011, the COOPANS ATC system went live in the IAA’s operational centre in Shannon, Co. Clare. Ten years on, it continues to be the leading ATC system in Europe, delivering safety and environmental benefits for airlines. COOPANS was set up by three European ATC providers, including the IAA. Shannon was the first Operational Centre in 2011 followed swiftly by LFV (Sweden) and NAVIAIR (Denmark). In the intervening years, the Alliance has grown to include Austro Control, Croatia Control, and NavPortugal.

COOPANS partners operate a world class, safe and cost-effective Air Traffic Management (ATM) system in association with Thales as the chosen industry partner. COOPANS has adopted a common managerial approach, whereby the six Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP) act as one organisation together with Thales with a focus on common success. The harmonisation of functionalities and joint investments enable the implementation of an advanced and unified air traffic control system. COOPANS has structured the development and deployment process around joint activities such as common specification, operational documentation, validation, training materials and generic safety cases.

IAA CEO Peter Kearney

Commenting on the anniversary of the COOPANS Alliance, IAA CEO Peter Kearney said, “COOPANS provided a customer-oriented solution, supporting economic efficiency and environmental protection. By having access to this modern equipment, we are making the skies safer for our customers and passengers and we are also helping them reduce their costs and improve their efficiency. COOPANS is an award-winning system and has been recognised by the European Commission as an example of the ’Single European Sky’ in action.  As chairperson of the COOPANS alliance, I am now looking forward to leading the IAA and our partners to another 10 years of commercial success. The IAA and COOPANS are committed to innovation in air traffic management and with the many challenges aviation faces over the coming years, the Alliance has a key role to play in helping the regrowth of the industry, through the efficiency and safety benefits that it delivers and in setting new standards for harmonization and efficiency in air traffic management.

The Alliance has enabled the IAA and its partners to cut their development costs, through pooling resources and continuous and synchronised upgrading of the Air Traffic Management system. As a result, the partners avoided having to pay more for such equipment individually. The Alliance has invested over €140M to date and the IAA alone has invested over €30M, saving airlines customers and passengers in the region of €50M. COOPANS meets the EU’s plans for the harmonization of ATM systems in Europe and helps the Alliance to meet EU regulatory requirements.

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