COCTA is a research project within the SESAR-JU Horizon 2020 program. It aims at improving efficiency as well as quality of air navigation service provision in Europe by a better coordination of capacity and demand. The COCTA concept tackles the issue of different planning horizons of capacity suppliers and aircraft operators. Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) have to decide on their capacity provision several weeks or even months in advance, whereas aircraft operators need flexibility in flight planning and prefer to make their route choice decisions at rather short notice.
The basic idea of COCTA is to strengthen the role of the network manager in order to overcome the problems sketched above. Therefore, a reform of the regulatory framework will be suggested, based on an in-depth analysis of possible designs. On the capacity side, the network manager purchases airspace capacities in line with expected demand, employing a network-centered, demand driven approach, as opposed to the current, piecemeal and supply-driven practice, which is tailored against local (ANSP) traffic peaks. As a consequence, excessive provision of airspace capacity is to be reduced, with associated cost savings. On the demand side, the network manager performs trajectory pricing, offering route menus to aircraft operators, including novel, flexible products, aiming at an appropriate balance between cost-efficiency, delays, environmental impact and equity, without compromising safety.
Team and contact
University of Belgrade
- Dr. Radosav Jovanovic (r.jovanovic[at]sf.bg.ac.rs)
- Nikola Ivanov
- Prof. Dr. Obrad Babić
- Goran Pavlovic
- Prof. Dr. Vojin Tošić
The University of Warwick
- Dr. Arne Strauss (arne.strauss[at]wbs.ac.uk)
- Dr. Stefano Starita
- Xin Fei
Worms University of Applied Sciences
- Prof. Dr. Frank Fichert (fichert[at]hs-worms.de)
- Prof. Dr. Richard Klophaus
- Thi Thuy An Vo
At the World Air Traffic Management Congress, taking place on 12 March 2019 in Madrid, the COCTA project team honourably received Jane's ATC Award in the Innovation Category. The Jane's ATC Awards are held annually to recognise projects which...
On 14 September 2018 the COCTA team organized the final workshop at Eurocontrol, Brussels, Belgium. The detailed information will be available soon on the Workshops section.
On 2 - 5 July 2018 Prof. Dr. Frank Fichert presented the paper "Coordinated Capacity Ordering and Trajectory Pricing for better-performing ATM (COCTA) - A large-scale case study for the European airspace" at the 22nd ATRS World Conference in Seoul,...