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In June 2012, the IAA along with eight other North-European Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) signed a formal commercial alliance to improve efficiency, and reduce costs and environmental impact.


Named Borealis, the alliance is comprised of the ANSPs of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden and the UK. Collectively they provide air traffic services for 3.5 million flights a year, across 12.5 million km2 of north European airspace.

The Borealis Alliance is a unique move to enable joint initiatives to improve flight efficiency and reduce environmental impact, delivered across the whole area in a move which will also streamline cost of services and operational/technical infrastructure.

Borealis Alliance will focus on strategic business cooperation between the member ANSPs, seeking economies of scale and projects that can be achieved on a commercial basis, complementing the work of the northern European Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs), but without the need for regulatory or State involvement.

Borealis Vision
To be the leading ANSP alliance that enables its members to drive better performance for stakeholders through business collaboration.


Borealis Rationale
European ATM is now managed for performance  through SES Performance Scheme.

Members recognise:

  •  ANSPs need to collaborate to drive better performance;
  •  Loose Northern European ANSP (NEAP) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) did not create sufficient momentum or commitment for change.


Alliance members will:

  • Identify rolling programme of options for achieving operational/financial efficiencies through joint activities;
  • Create a strategic and commercial framework for implementing selected options.


Borealis Core Principles

  • Flexible approach means different Members can collaborate on different projects;
  • Does not require or involve full organisational merger;
  • Leaves ultimate decisions for participating in joint activities with individual members;
  • Recognises existing commitments to alliances and FABs.

Although at this stage in its development there is no commitment to a single ‘Alliance FAB’, Alliance members may one day become parties to a single FAB if that is the best way to deliver performance.

Borealis Code of Conduct
The Borealis Alliance activities are underpinned by a Code of Conduct requiring high standards of behaviour.

The Alliance Code of Conduct establishes the attributes that are prerequisites for building trust, commitment and joint success.

For further information visit the Borealis Alliance website.

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