Plans for the project are now thought to be back on track after Kallas’ call to action last week.
IATA has welcomed the call as it will cut the cost of air navigation in half by 2020.
“Cost efficient connectivity is critical to every modern economy. The failure of European member states to deliver on the SES places a EUR5billion burden on airlines flying in Europe and on their passengers and shippers,” said Tony Tyler, director general and CEO of IATA.
“The SES is not a panacea for the problems of Europe’s beleaguered airlines. But solving this EUR 5 billion waste would go a long way to improving the sector’s prospects and boost the competitiveness of doing business in Europe,” he added.