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ATFM Symposium Highlights


The Case for ATFM

Through a discussion led by representatives from airlines, airports and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), this roundtable will squarely establish the requirement for Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) at the local, regional and global levels. Challenges and solutions associated with an ATFM delivery that produces outcomes of increased capacity and greater predictability will be highlighted by the panelists.  The ATFM Symposium's attendees will gain insights through walkthroughs of the daily operation of selected airlines and ANSP. This session will be highly interactive and includes opportunities for questions and answers from the world's top aviation professionals.​

ATFM in the Asia-Pacific Region

According to data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a number of the world's most rapidly growing aviation markets are located in the Asia-Pacific (Asia-Pac) region. This session will introduce symposium participants to ATFM programs that have been implemented to support the current and projected demands of the Asia-Pac region. Examples to be discussed include methodologies such as multi-nodal networks and centralized ATFM. A question and answer session will follow to provide meeting attendees with the opportunity to receive detailed information regarding the future of ATFM in the region. 

Long Range ATFM

ATFM strategies which are integrated across the borders of ANSPs are designed to consider the needs of customers and service providers from end-to-end of the flight. As traffic pressure increases, ATFM needs to evolve to integrate that logic even more, to ensure that flows are managed without borders. Building on the experience of actors from all over the world, and analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the present systems, this session will allow participants to reflect on the best way to manage flows in the most efficient manner. 

ATFM and Contingencies

Instances of major disruptions at high profile air traffic control service delivery points have contributed to the expansion of global knowledge and experience in handling contingencies through the effective use of ATFM. Top-level aviation professionals will discuss ATFM's use as a framework for responses to crises resulting from major disruptions. The session's panelists will, building on experience and lessons learned, provide insights to gain even better results when such contingencies are encountered in the future.

ATFM and Airport Operations

Increased performance can be obtained through the integration of ATFM and Airport Collaborative Decision Making (ACDM). The ATFM and Airport Operations segment will examine commonalties between ATFM and ACDM which allow the two strategies to be linked to generate improved results. Speakers from Eurocontrol, Airways (New Zealand), CAAS and Air Traffic Navigation Service (South Africa) will discuss the benefits gained through cooperatively sharing information and leveraging the strengths of ATFM and ACDM for top performance. 

Information Exchange

This session builds on the concepts of long range ATFM by providing a look into technologies and procedures which support the exchange of information that is needed to build and implement effective responses across the boundaries of ANSPs. The ATFM paradigm also involves removing barriers to communication between ANSPs which may be impediments to the smooth flow of traffic. 


The aviation world is changing rapidly and ATFM in fifteen years likewise will have undergone a radical change. Are we ready for this ? This segment presents an out-of-the-box, forward looking perspective on ATFM. The speakers present the challenge of incorporating potentially disruptive technologies into the aviation environment of the future. Officials from the public and private sectors will lead an interactive discussion engaging participants in identifying opportunities to embrace innovation and to prepare for a new ATFM environment.

Systems - The Backbone of ATFM

The theme of the utilization of hardware based systems in support of delivering ATFM continues in this topic area. Systems that will be discussed link avionics, ground based infrastructure and airframes. Presenters in this segment include representatives from Metron Aviation, Inc., the Thales Group and various States organizations. The speakers will provide perspective on bridging the new systems with ATFM, airport and en route operations. 

Measuring ATFM Performance

All results based functions must measure performance to some extent. With the use of performance measurements as its cornerstone, analysis of ATFM related metrics will assist stakeholders in; determining its effectiveness, identifying areas for improvement and will support business decisions requiring the allocation of resources.  This segment will include a post implementation assessment of the ATFM network by the APAC cross-border ATFM implementation group, a discussion of the Asia-Pac performance measurement network and an analysis of performance metrics that are utilized by Eurocontrol.​


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