The Implementation of Free Route Airspace (FRA) in Slovakia

Juraj Vagner, Miroslava Ferencová


Replacing the conventional air traffic service (ATS) routes by Free Route Airspace (FRA) in every European state will be mandatory as from the 1st of January 2022. The article is dealing with the FRA in Slovak airspace as the implementation there has already started. The information concerning the on-going FRA projects in Slovakia currently in place are provided along with the planned expansion of south-east European night cross-border FRA operations within CTAs of Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest and Sofia – SEEN FRA (leading off from Aeronautical Information Circular – AIC A3/18). Following already implemented cross border FRA in Europe, the article also provides a possible way for extension of such kind of the airspace in line with the rules and safety requirements that need to be also taken into account.


Slovak airspace, FRA projects in Slovakia, Cross Border FRA operations, SEEN FRA operations, Proposed extension within FAB CE


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Ferencová, M. (2018). The implementation of Free Route Airspace (FRA) in Slovakia. Košice: Technical University of Košice, Faculty of Aeronautics.


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