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National Performance Plan (NPP) for Air Navigation Services

This section provides information on the activities of the Single European Sky (SES) Committee regarding the Performance Scheme for air navigation services (ANS), in addition to AESA's development of the National Performance Plan (PNER) for Reference Period 1 (RP1, 2012-2014) of the Scheme. Finally, information on preparations for Reference Period 2 (2015-2019) is also provided.

The Commission Regulation (EU) No 691/2010 of 29 July 2010, lays down a performance scheme for air navigation services and network functions and amends Regulation (EC) No 2096/2005 laying down common requirements for the provision of air navigation services. This Commission Regulation, known as the Performance Regulation, sets up the necessary measures to improve the overall performance of air navigation services and network functions for general air traffic within the ICAO EUR and AFI regions.

Furthermore, the Performance Regulation establishes the four Key Performance Areas (KPAs) of safety, environment, capacity (delay) and cost efficiency together with Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) associated with each KPA.

Reference Period 1 (RP1), 1st January 2012 to 31st December 2014
With Commission decision (2011/121/EU) of 21 February 2011 setting the European Union-wide performance targets and alert thresholds for the provision of air navigation services for the years 2012 to 2014 (EU-wide Targets), the Commission established targets at European Union level for the en-route KPIs of environment, capacity and cost-efficiency for the first reference period (2012-2014).

Each Member State (or FAB if so decided) then elaborated a performance plan containing national targets consistent with the EU-wide targets, though only national targets for capacity and cost-efficiency are mandatory for this period. This performance plan was drafted by the national supervisory authorities (NSAs), as per article 10.1 of the Performance Regulation.

In the case of Spain, the NSA responsible for drawing up the performance plan is the Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aérea (AESA). Further to this, as there are other two additional NSAs involved in Spain:

  • Secretaría de Estado para el Cambio Climático (SECC or ANS-MET). The Spanish NSA for MET services, accountable to the Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Medio Rural y Marino (Ministry of Environment); and
  • Segundo Jefe del Estado Mayor (SEJEMA or EA-NSA); the Spanish Military NSA, accountable to the Ministerio de Defensa (Ministry of Defence);

AESA is also in charge of the overall coordination among the different NSAs, as set out under Article 4.3 of the Performance Regulation. This decision was duly communicated to the European Commission by letter to the Director for Air Transport on 29th September 2010.

In relation to the performance plan, a Draft Performance Plan for Stakeholder Consultation was issued on May 10th 2011. This plan was also sent to those stakeholders suggested by the Performance Review Unit (PRU) of Eurocontrol with due advance, as requested by Article 10.2.(b) of the Performance Regulation.

A Stakeholder Consultation Meeting was held on May 31st at Lisbon, at FAB level, between Portugal and Spain, founding members of the South West (SW) FAB. At the same time, a public written consultation period was enabled. The presentation shown at the meeting and the result of the consultation process, together with the comments received to the Draft Performance Plan, are also included in the National Performance Plan.

On June 30th 2011, a Final National Performance Plan (PNER) was proposed to the Dirección General de Aviación Civil (DGAC), Ministry of Transport, for its adoption and formal distribution to the European Commission.

The Final National Performance Plan (PNER) and its annexes were finally adopted by the Secretary of State on July 4th 2011 and duly submitted to the European Commission for the Performance Review Body's (PRB) assessment.

During the summer 2011, the PRB carried out the assessment of the consistency of the national/FAB Plans with the EU-wide targets and delivered its assessment report to the European Commission on 20th September 2011. The assessment report for Spain, including the Canaries islands, is available on the EUROCONTROL website, as well as the general report for all the States.

Immediately after, the Commission presented a draft Commission Recommendation to the ad-hoc Single Sky Committee held on 24th of October 2011 asking States/FABs to revise, as appropriate, the targets contained in their performance plans.

Based on the positive opinion of the Single Sky Committee and on the basis of PRB's assessment report, the EC adopted a Recommendation on 23rd November 2011, whereby certain States, including Spain, were requested to revise their National Performance Plans for Reference Period 1 to further contribute to meeting the EU-wide targets.

Spain presented the Revised Performance Plan on 1st February 2012, which was assessed by the PRB (PRB report of 27th April 2012). The results of this assessment, together with the PRB's recommendations arising from this assessment work, are contained in the PRB's report. This report is made of 2 volumes.

  • Volume I contains the PRB's overall assessment of the revised Performance Plans and associated targets, as well as PRB's recommendations designed to provide the basis for possible further actions by the Commission;
  • Volume II contains the PRB's individual assessment reports in respect of each revised National/FAB Performance Plan.

In addition, States received on the 26th of July 2012 a Notification Letter about the acceptance of their Performance Plan by the European Commission.

Annual monitoring activities
The National Monitoring Report 2012 was released on June 2013 meeting all the intermediate and final delivery deadlines established by the PRB and showing that all the Spanish targets for the year 2012 were met.

The National Monitoring Report was assessed, together with the other national reports, by the PRB who released the first SES Performance Scheme Annual Monitoring Report 2012 on 17th September of 2013. The PRB Annual Monitoring Report 2012 is available on the EUROCONTROL website and is made up of 4 volumes:

The consultation process has been laid down in the released document PRB Consultation process and PRB responses.

The 2013 Annual Monitoring Report is under current elaboration.

Consolidation of performance targets at FAB level
In accordance with Article 5(3) of Regulation (EU) No 691/2010 as well as article 4(c) of Commission Recommendation on the revision of performance targets -whereby States that have not adopted a performance plan with targets at functional airspace block level, are requested to communicate for information to the Commission, aggregated performance targets-, the SW FAB (Portugal and Spain) provided a report with a proposal of aggregated targets for the first reference period.

Reference Period 2 (RP2), 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2019
In preparation for RP2, the PRB issued a Regulatory Approach document outlining options and proposals for amending the Performance Scheme for RP2, which was consulted upon through the EC consultation mechanism in spring 2012.

At the Single Sky Committee of 15th and 16th October 2012, the Commission presented its initial proposals to amend the Performance and Charging Regulations, in preparation for RP2 of the Performance Scheme.

The proposed amendments were discussed at a series of Single Sky Committee workshops and full Committee meetings. The Revised Regulations for Performance (Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 390/2013) and Charging (Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 391/2013) were finally adopted on 8th March 2013 and then published in the Official Journal of the EU on 3rd May 2013.

The One Sky Committee met on December 2013 in order to set up the Union-wide performance targets for the next reporting period RP2.  The targets are included in the PRB report: RP2 Union-wide Targets Final Report (September 2013). The report has three appendices

  • Appendix A: PRB consultation report
  • Appendix B: Summary of responses to the consultation
  • Appendix C: Environment and capacity reference values.

On 11th March 14, the European Commission issued the implementing decision for setting the Union-wide performance targets for the air traffic management network and alert thresholds for the second reference period 2015-19. According this implementing decision, the Union-wide performance targets shall be as follows:

Effectiveness of safety management:

a) By 31 December 2019 at the latest, national supervisory authorities shall achieve at least level C for all management objectives ("safety policy and objectives", "safety risk management", "safety assurance", "safety promotion" and "safety culture");

b) By 31 December 2019 at the latest, air navigation service providers shall achieve at least Level D for the management objectives "safety policy and objectives", "safety risk management", "safety assurance", and "safety promotion" and at least Level C for the management objective "safety culture".

Key performance area of environment:

  1. An average horizontal en route flight efficiency of at least 2,6% in 2019 for the actual trajectory.
  2. An average horizontal en route flight efficiency of at least 4,1% in 2019 for the last filed flight plan trajectory.

Key performance area of capacity: an average en route air traffic flow management (ATFM) delay per flights of no more than 0,5 minutes per flights, to be reached for each calendar year.

Key performance area of cost-efficiency: an average Union-wiede determined cost for en route air navigation services expressed in real terms EUR2009, of EUR 56,64 for 2015, EUR 54,95 for 2016, EUR 52,98 for 2017, EUR 51,00 for 2018 and EUR 49,10 for 2019.

 Where the actual traffic recorded deviates from the traffic assumptions at least 10% over a given calendar year, the Union-wide alert mechanism may be activated. If the actual traffic deviates from the traffic forecast by at lest 10% over a given calendar year, the local alert mechanism may be activated.

A national Stakeholders consultation meeting has been organized by AESA on 24th April 2014 on cost-effectiveness. In addition to this, a FAB stakeholder consultation has also been held on 20th May 2014  (consultation agenda and slides). The document for consultation was distributed on 30th of April to all the users for revision and comments. As a result of theise consultations, AESA will draft a performance plan for the SW FAB, in coordination with Portugal, for the Reference Period 2.The final version of this SW FAB Performance Plan (SOWEPP) and its annexes were adopted by Spain and Portugal and submitted to the Commission in June 2014.