The European aviation sector is taking proactive steps to ensure that flying in the region is efficient and environmentally friendly. A coalition of associations representing airlines, airports, air navigation service providers, aviation manufacturers, and business aviation have joined forces.
Air Traffic Management
The latest report published by the Single European Sky’s Performance Review Body reveals infrastructural and investment challenges in airspace management as the aviation industry recovers. Through a combination of unavoidable events and a lack of adequate investment, Europe’s airspace faces capacity constraints which resulted in a 400% increase in flight delays last year.
The Director General of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Willie Walsh, calls for action on the performance of European Air Traffic Control (ATC) which has recently come under critical scrutiny as it disrupts summer travels.
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IATA has released a new study projecting that Europe could gain 1 million jobs and get €245 billion boost in prosperity by 2035 from airspace modernization.
Today, the air travel sector supports 11.7 million European jobs and $860 billion of European GDP, IATA states. But IATA describes the sector as “inefficient.”
Because of systematic inefficiencies, the airline association says, flight distance is nearly 50 kilometers longer than it needs to be and flights run with an average delay of 10 minutes.
Through a joint initiative, Inmarsat and the European Space Agency (ESA) will optimise the airspace and airport capacity in Europe, reducing flight times, aircraft fuel burn, and associated CO2 emissions.
Dubbed the Iris Service Evolution program, Inmarsat will head a consortium of more than 30 companies across the aviation industry who will collaborate to develop a technical, commercial and operational roadmap for Europe’s long-term air traffic communications demand.
Alitalia is the official airline partner of the newly created Iris consortium.