Management and Control of Civilian Air Traffic in Italy

ENAV is the Company to which the Italian State delegates the management and control of civilian air traffic in Italy.

Entirely controlled by the Ministry of Economy and Finance and supervised by the Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport, ENAV S.p.A. is a result of the transformation of the National Agency for Flight Assistance into a joint-stock Company which occurred in 2000, after the previous transformation into a State-Controlled Enterprise in 1996.

The organisational structure has its legal headquarters in Rome and operating facilities throughout the national territory. In addition, ENAV is present at Forlì with a headquarters for its own Academy. ENAV is a member of the international ATM (Air Traffic Management) system and therefore participates in research and development activities in coordination with the international control bodies for the sector such as ICAO, EUROCONTROL and for the trade (CANSO). In 2006, ENAV acquired 100% of Vitrociset Sistemi S.r.l., today Techno Sky S.r.l., thereby internalising the management and maintenance of flight assistance systems and their related software.

Company Profile

  • ENAV: creates value in the national air transport system



    ENAV’s primary task is to contribute to the efficiency of the national transport system guaranteeing the safety and regularity of circulation within the Italian air space to all categories of users, respecting the international obligations of the country.

    Such an objective must be reached by obtaining the company’s economic efficiency and by satisfying the request expressed by the users in terms of effectiveness and quality of service.

    The company provides directly to the delivery of the management and air traffic control services assuring the maximum technical and system standards in flight safety.


    In order to continue guaranteeing flight security for millions of people and a key role in European air transport to Italy, ENAV has to pay constant attention to its medium and long term strategy choices.

    These choices must take the context in which ENAV operates into consideration, which is comprised of and controlled by bodies and institutions relevant to the sector (ICAO, Eurocontrol) and regulated by European laws that have designed a strategy for the international ATM system.  These organisations determine regulations and establish requisites along with clear quality and security standards for air transporters. They are also committed to incrementing interoperability between providers in every country.

    ENAV faces all these challenges by defining development projects that set out important and complex investment plans, designed to reach as many technical-functional objectives as financial.

    Some of these principles are:

    • to increase production capacity and business continuity to meet demand, to improve security and air traffic punctuality;
    • to implement an economic-financial plan capable of continuing improvements in Company performance, both in terms of company cost cutting and maintaining applied prices;
    • to assert ourselves as the Italian provider in the wider European ATM panorama for international research and air traffic management development, planned for the future.
  • Institutional Profile

    Transformed into a publicly controlled joint-stock company on the first of January 2001, ENAV’s goal is to allow aircraft to fly within the assigned airspace with constantly enhanced levels of safety, optimizing the effectiveness of the service provided and the efficiency of the company.

    ENAV can count on about 3,300 employees, two thirds of which are in charge of operational activities. The Company provides control and support to allow approaches, departures and landings from the control towers in 40 airports spread over the national territory, and en route services from the four Area Control Centers located in Brindisi, Milano, Padova and Roma.

    Thanks to these complex operational units, ENAV provides around the clock air traffic services ensuring air traffic flow and regularity, with absolute safety.

    Presently ENAV manages more than 2 million flights per year, an average of 6,000 flights per day.

    As in all high complexity sectors, a constant and consistent technological innovation has to be placed side by side to human skill and experience.

    For this reason ENAV continues to invest in modernization, new technologies and professional training. ENAV is a component of the European ATM (Air Traffic Management) system and it participates with full rights in all the activities of development, operational validation, research and coordination with systems that are perfectly integrated with the international technological context.

  • History

    ENAV, active since January 2001, was born by the transformation of ENAV (Ente Nazionale di Assistenza al Volo), into a joint-stock company in the wake of similar reforms occurred in many European countries.

    The Minister of Transportation together with the Minister of Treasury, with the interdepartmental decree n.704993 of December 22nd 2000, ratified the transformation of ENAV into a joint stock company totally controlled by the Ministry of Economics and Finance and under the vigilance of the Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport.

    ENAV, public economic body, came after the AAAVTAG (Azienda Autonoma di Assistenza al Volo per il Traffico Aereo) in december 1996. This latter, in January 1982, AAAVTAG took the place of the Air Traffic Assistance Commissaryship (Commissariato per l’Assistenza al Volo) founded three years before under the Ministry of Transportation. Such a take over became possible since the Commissariato per l’Assistenza al Volo had by then fulfilled the task which had been assigned to it at the time of its foundation taking hold from ITAV (Ispettorato Telecomunicazioni ed Assistenza al Volo) of the management of the services to support civil air traffic that until then had been managed by the Aeronautica Militare Italiana (Italian Air Force).


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