“Lithuania considers the establishment of the Functional Airspace Block to be an important project. It has been included in the priority list of the Lithuanian Government. At present a draft agreement of Lithuania and Poland on the establishment of the Functional Airspace Block is under preparation. The agreement is planned to be signed by the end of this year”, said Eligijus Masiulis, Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania.
According to the data of the feasibility study carried out last year, the Single European Sky Baltic FAB will enable more efficient management of flights, save funds allocated to the air navigation, set optimum flight routes, reduce the consumption of aviation fuel and CO2 emission. This should improve cost efficiency, flight security and environment safety.
It is expected that in future, together with Lithuania and Poland, other Baltic Sea Region countries, as well as Ukraine, Belarus, Kaliningrad District, will take part in the Baltic Functional Airspace Block. These prospects should be discussed by the ministers of transport of the interested countries.
The Functional Airspace Blocks of European countries are created in line with the implementation of the Single European Sky initiative. Its objective is the improvement of existing flight safety standards, enhancement of air traffic efficiency, optimum use of airspace taking into account traffic flows and reduction of flight delays.