Agreement was signed by Mindaugas Gustys, CEO of Oro navigacija, and Davids Taurinš, Chairman of the Board of LGS
The Lithuanian and Latvian Air Navigation Service Providers, Oro navigacija and LGS, as well as the National Supervisory Authorities of both countries, the Transport Competence Agency and the Latvian Civil Aviation Agency, have signed Letters of Agreement regarding division of responsibilities for provision of air navigation services in the route segment over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea. Thus, the negotiations which had continued for many years between Lithuania and Latvia on provision of air navigation services in this route segment were completed.
In 1998, an intergovernmental agreement between Lithuania and Latvia was signed on delegation of responsibility for the air traffic control services in the route H64 segment Area Ninta over the Baltic Sea neutral waters to Latvia, although this segment of 39 km (21 nautical miles) comprised the Vilnius Flight Information Region (FIR). The agreement provided for that only the air traffic control services would be delegated to Latvia.
Regulation (EC) No 549/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 10 March 2004 laying down the framework for the creation of the Single European Sky has formulated more broadly definitions of air traffic management and air navigation services. According to the regulation, the definition of air traffic management comprises air traffic control, air traffic flow management and airspace management. Air traffic control has been defined as a category of air navigation services (alongside with the communications, navigation and surveillance, and the meteorological services). When the regulation came into force, it became necessary to revise the agreement between Lithuania and Latvia and to clarify the terms and conditions thereof.
For some time the parties could not find the optimal solution, however, in recent years the management of the air navigation services providers and the supervisory authorities became more active in negotiating and eventually they clarified the responsibilities for provision of air navigation services in the route H64 segment Area Ninta.
In conformity with the new agreement, signed on 6 February 2019, in the route H64 segment Area Ninta, Oro navigacija will provide the air traffic management, the aeronautical information services and the search and rescue coordination services, while LGS will bear responsibility for the alerting services in the event of an accident, the air traffic control, the air traffic flow management, and the communications, navigation and surveillance services.
The new agreement has improved conditions for Lithuania, by clearly defining the responsibilities of the Lithuanian and Latvian air navigation service providers, which allows to enhance the quality of services provided in the airspace. From now on, Oro navigacija will provide more promptly and reliably information to the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol) and the Transport Competence Agency, national supervisory authority. Besides, Lithuania will also receive revenue from charges for the air navigation services provided in this route segment.
The agreement entered into force on the date of signing it, i.e. on the 6th of February 2019.
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