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Flight Planning in Europe and China workshop

11-12 July 2019

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On 11 and 12 July, the EU-China Aviation Partnership Project (APP) held a workshop dedicated to flight planning. The activity helped increasing mutual understanding of the Chinese and European systems, procedures and regulatory provisions for pre-flight planning process and initial flight planning service (IFPS).

On the first day, experts representing European authorities presented the European central flight planning and distribution system (IFPS), the general regulatory framework in Europe for entry, departure and transit of aircraft, measures to assess demand and capacities at the pre-flight planning stage as well as safety alerting processes. CAAC gave a presentation of its pre-flight planning office, including pre-flight plan arrangements, growth trends and route arrangement methods of non-domestic flight plans and the office’s Pre-Flight website. IATA and KLM complemented the information sharing with presentations from the airlines’ perspective. On the second day of the workshop, the European experts discussed enabling technologies and how they support achieving interoperability, requirements for data sharing, the European airport slot allocation process, and performance measurement. Finally, the Civil Aviation University of China presented research related to air traffic flow management.

A total of fifty-six participants attended the workshop, representing among others EASA, the CAAC Operation Supervisory Centre, ATMB, the Civil Aviation University of China, the Aviation Data Communication Corporation, ICAO, EUROCONTROL Network Manager, Irish Aviation Authority, IATA, KLM, and various other European and Chinese airlines.

You can find the supporting resources for this activity here.  A password is required. To request access please contact Wang Lili at

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