Airspace is a finite resource. It therefore needs to be effectively managed and used. A4E is calling on the EU to take immediate action to remove European air space inefficiencies. This situation provoked unacceptable delays last summer, frustrating travel plans for millions of passengers. Eurocontrol’s statistics show there were 9.32 million minutes of en-route delays in 2017. By the end of 2018, this figure is expected to increase by 50%.
(Pictured from left to right: Torstein Hoas, Norwegian Airlines; Catherine Jude, Air France; Jaakko Schildt, Finnair; Thomas Reynaert, Airlines 4 Europe; Robert Baltus, EBAA; Tanja Grobotek, CANSO; Razvan Bucuroiu, Eurocontrol; Chris Browne, easyJet; Thibault Demoulin, Brussels Airlines; Choorah Singh, Ryanair. Not pictured: Klaus Froese, Lufthansa Group)
The airlines, association of air navigation service providers (CANSO), European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and Eurocontrol signed the A4E “Efficient Airspace Declaration, pledging that:
At the first-ever A4E “Vision for Airspace 2025” COO Forum in November 2018, A4E Chief Operating Officers (COOs) met with their industry counterparts to address the situation and agree on a common way forward.
- Aviation – and the broader need for reform of EU airspace – must be a top priority for the European Commission and all involved national bodies.
- Member States must take urgent political action in order to help realize a Seamless European Sky on behalf of their citizens.
- Reforms must include an overall effort to digitalise the sector and enhance automation.
- The Network Management function, entrusted to EUROCONTROL, must be strengthened to better balance, in full collaboration with the operational stakeholders, the individual needs with the needs of the entire network.
- The Performance Management function must be empowered to ensure overall efficiencies in costs, capacity delivery and the environment.
- The aviation industry requires a proper regulatory framework that can enable current environmental investments to have a long-lasting impact.