Latest update 30/03/2016: please see below for more details
Eurocontrol is the body responsible for the collection of en route navigation charges on behalf of the states which participate in the route charges system, through its CRCO (Central Route Charges Office). En route charges represent approximately 7% of an airline member's costs on average. Member states recover the full costs of providing ATS. All future investment needs to be subjected to rigorous cost/benefit analyses and user agreement with respect to requirements.
As part of the EU's Single European Sky legislation, the EC is working on the implementation of a performance scheme which would set legally binding targets for air traffic management. Initially these targets are expected to address cost effectiveness, capacity and safety. A legally binding target on cost effectiveness will lead to the end of the full cost recovery system for en route charges within the EU states. In March 2016 Eurocontrol will publish its 7-Year Forecast (2016-2022). The Forecast has been prepared as part of the revised, more-inclusive forecast process as started by Eurocontrol in 2013.
ERA’s Current Position
The equivalent charge per passenger, already considerably greater for smaller aircraft, would increase if the aircraft weight element were to be removed or adjusted to take less account of aircraft weight. There is a need for continued downward pressure on the cost bases used by states for the calculation of national unit rates and on the costs of the Eurocontrol Agency itself. The enlarged Committee for Route Charges meets in March and June to provide the estimated unit rates for the following year and in November when the forecast figures are finalised. The ERA Directorate has observer status and is generally represented on the Eurocontrol enlarged Committee for Route Charges, at which it is able to make its views heard. Unit rates and costs are published in Regional International normally in January respectively for the following year.
The ERA Directorate has been working on the proposals by EU member states for their performance plans for ATM cost effectiveness for the period 2015-2019. These performance plans include commitments by states on costs and charges for ATM across the period. Working closely with the other European operator associations, the Directorate has been pushing for greater cost effectiveness amongst states at various formal consultations as well as scrutinising the draft plans submitted to the European Commission (EC). On 06 November 2015 the Directorate wrote to the EC to express its formal concerns on the draft plans submitted by some states, in particular, Germany. The letter sent to the EC can be found in the downloads section of this page.
On 20 April 2016, the Directorate attended the 53rd meeting of the Study Group of the Enlarged Committee for Route Charges, at Eurocontrol, Brussels. A report of the meeting (including follow-up actions) can be located in the downloads section of this page.
All associated papers are available by clicking on the Related Download button on this page.
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