The SESAR Program consists of 18 work packages (WP), with several sub-work packages, under which the individual projects are positioned (in total approx. 300). Together with AENA, the Spanish airport operator, SEAC is leading WP6 'Airport Operations' and the sub-WP 6.5 'Collaborative Airport Planning' and is presently represented in 33 projects.
SEAC member airports are actively involved in topics related to airport design, infrastructure and operations. Work package (WP) 6 'Airport Operations' has been designed to describe all the ATM (Air-Traffic-Management) related operational procedures at airports and integrate them into the concept of operations while WP12 'Airport Systems' will then build the related system prototypes for validation. The goal of the ATM process is safe and efficient handling of the entire flight from the parking position at the origin airport until arrival at the gate of the destination airport including the complete turnaround process.
The consortium is for example leading sub work package 6.5 'Collaborative Airport Planning' with the strategic projects Airport Operations Plan, Airport Capacity & Flow Management and Airport Operations Centre. These projects will set the framework for the integration of airports in ATM and the performance driven strategic planning at airports. Other projects will build on existing Collaborative Decision Making procedures and focus on the integration of turnaround and recovery management as well as the safe and effective management of ground traffic.
Of course, environmental sustainability is a vital concern of airport policy. Thus, WP 16 'Environment' combined with the European AIRE program is another key area of SEAC involvement in SESAR.