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The Lithuanian and the Polish Air Navigation Service Providers – Oro navigacija and PANSA – are taking one more step towards closer cooperation.

At the end of August 2018 in Palanga, CEOs of both parties took one step closer towards their cooperation by agreeing on two relevant issues: a Memorandum of Cooperation between Baltic FAB ANSPs and Belaeronavigatsia, Belarusian Air Navigation Service Provider, Belaeronavigatsia, signed on August 30, and a Cooperation Agreement between PANSA and Oro navigacija for Aeronautical Search and Rescue Service Coordination within Baltic FAB signed on August 31st.

The aim of the Memorandum of Cooperation between Baltic FAB and Belaeronavigatsia was to give a framework for potential future works on operational level. While working in close cooperation, organisations of Lithuania and Poland started involvement of their Eastern neighbours into joint projects already in 2017 when the Air Navigation Service Providers of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine signed a Memorandum on Cooperation.
By a bilateral agreement on cooperation, Oro navigacija and PANSA formalized their cooperation in search and rescue (SAR) area. According to Janusz Janiszewski, PANSA  Acting CEO: In practice, this agreement is expected to facilitate cooperation of both states in the event of crisis or in the necessity to perform jointly search and rescue operations in Lithuania and Poland.”
The two ANSPs are also planning to cooperate in joint trainings, exercises, and exchange of best practice.

Photo: from the left: Janusz Janiszewski, PANSA Acting CEO, Mindaugas Gustys, Oro navigacija Director General 

According to Mindaugas Gustys, Director General of Oro navigacija, “One of the strategic priorities of the block is to strengthen international cooperation with both other functional airspace blocks and partners beyond the boundaries of the EU. Oro navigacija and PANSA, who support actively the concept of the Single European Sky, seek to communicate the principles of this concept and apply them beyond the boundaries of the EU. We are convinced that consistency between the air traffic management systems, procedures and regulations, as well as the efficient data exchange, contribute to enhancement of the quality of services within the entire region, therefore, are beneficial to both the passengers and the airspace users”. 

On the Baltic FAB scale, the Air Navigation Service Providers of Lithuania and Poland have been successfully cooperating in the spheres of the air traffic management system development, research, free-route airspace concept implementation and social dialogue.