At the beginning of this July Joe Sultana, the director of Network Manager Directorate at the Eurocontrol, visited the Airspace Organisation Croatia Control (HKZP) to address problems with delays in Croatian airspace which in June amounted to 96,000 minutes i.e. two minutes per flight.
The European Commission approved the HKZP co-financing of eight projects from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funds. These projects worth 138 million Kunas will be 85 percent financed by the European Union or 117 million Kunas.
Croatia Control – Airspace Organisation says that the realisation of these projects will lead to better safety levels of air traffic and better service for air carriers. Six of these projects are part of SESAR cluster (Single European Sky ATM Research) for technical improvements in the air traffic management system. Apart from the financial support, the HKZP has also received 4.3 million Kuna from the European funds for the air traffic control radar at Zagreb Airport for the air traffic supervision and management of aircraft on the ground. So far air traffic controllers operated using visual contact from the tower.
Dragan Bilac, the director of the HKZP, says that the realisation of the projects co-financed by the European Union will significantly reduce the costs of airline companies and positively affect the prices of airline tickets.