The European ATM Master Plan is the agreed roadmap that connects ATM research and development activities with deployment scenarios to achieve the performance objectives of the Single European Sky.

The initial version of the European ATM Master Plan, which results from the first phase of the SESAR project's definition process, forms the basis for the development and deployment activities of the SESAR project.


Since that time, the ATM Master Plan is regularly updated in close collaboration with stakeholders to reactivate the definition process, which adapts the requirements of the new ATM systems to the evolving SES performance objectives, and to the operational reality, and feeds these requirements into the subsequent SESAR processes (R&D and deployment).

  • This initial Master Plan was endorsed by the Council on 30 March 2009. A first important update of the ATM Master Plan, approved in 2012, identified the "Essential Operational Changes" that need to be implemented for the full deployment of the new SESAR concept by 2030.
  • A second important update, approved on 15 December 2015, refines the vision bringing together performance and technology with an extended horizon up to 2035. It also made reference to the key features of the SESAR 2020 Research and Innovation programme  and to the Pilot Common Project.
  • The 2020 Edition of the European ATM Master Plan was published in December 2019. It supersedes all other versions of the Master Plan. Click here to see what’s new with this edition.

Download the latest version of the European ATM Master Plan (Available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese).

Or visit the European ATM Master Plan online portal.


Previous editions of the Master Plan