UK failed to meet airspace improvement targets, says EC

UK failed to meet airspace improvement targets, says EC

Europeancountries, including the UK, are failing to meet the airspace improvements setlast year, the European Commission is expected to say later this month.

Efficiencyplans submitted by the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Austria have beenrejected under claims from an independent review that several states had failedto meet the requirements set in the Single European Sky agreement last year.SES was due to make airspace more efficient, reduce flight delays and deliverenvironmental benefits.

“The benefits of the Single EuropeanSky depend on countries abandoning their go-italone approach in order to takefull advantage of economies of scale, sharing of technologies and resources andcoordinated investment to achieve substantially lower costs and higheroperating efficiencies,” said the heads of four members of the EuropeanAirspace User Associations (AEA, EBAA, ELFAA and ERA) in a joint statement. “However,instead of working together, countries are limiting their ambitions to theirown borders and undermining everything SES is seeking to achieve”.

The UKfailed in both its punctuality and cost-efficiency targets. Now,the commission is expected to make all 27 countries submit new plans.

“This lack of ambition is totally unacceptable,” addedthe industry heads. “We urge the Commission to stick to its guns and putpressure on the Member States to establish realistic and achievable plans toensure that the

Commission’s targets are delivered”.

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