Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

EU to co-fund a safer and more efficient air traffic control system in Hungary

INEA ceased operations on 31 March 2021. The European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) was established on 1 April 2021 to take over its legacy portfolio as well as additional EU funding programmes.

Creation date: December 12, 2014

The EU's TEN-T Programme will support with almost €1.4 million the upgrade of the Hungarian air traffic control system with Controller Pilot Data Link Communications. It is expected to improve the safety and reliability of communications between the pilot and the air traffic controller, as well as increase the capacity of air traffic control.



Hungarian air controllers currently exchange information with pilots over voice radio, which tends to get crowded as the number of flights increases.



This project will upgrade the Hungarian air traffic control system to the use of data link, introducing an additional text-based communication between the pilot and the control tower. The new system will improve the overall reception of information, reduce the risk of misunderstandings and increase the efficiency and capacity of the entire system.


The project responds to the EU requirements on enabling the air traffic management to the use of data link as of 2015. It will support the Single European Sky initiative (SES), which aims to increase Europe's airspace capacity, reduce the risk of accidents and the environmental impact of flights and cut costs for passengers.



The project was selected for EU funding with the assistance of external experts under the TEN-T Multiannual Call 2013, priority 'Air Traffic Management'. Its implementation will be monitored by INEA, the European Commission's Innovation and Networks Executive Agency.



The project is to be completed by February 2015.


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Project: 2013-HU-40005-P


The TEN-T Programme was established by the European Commission to support the construction and upgrade of transport infrastructure across the European Union.


The INEA is managing the technical and financial implementation of the TEN-T programme.