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SES joint letter sent to Transport Ministers

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Joint Industry Letter on SES_22112019.pdf

In relation to the upcoming European Union Transport Council on 2 December, ERA co-signed a joint industry letter calling Europe’s governments to take action and update the Single European Sky legal framework.

The letter co-signed by ERA, EBAA, IATA, AIRE, A4E and ACI Europe draws the attention of EU transport ministers to the fact that the European Air Traffic Management system has in the last two years struggled to cope with the demand in the network, with very high delays and mitigation measures requiring flights to take longer routes and therefore generate more CO2 emissions. The alternative reality of a (hopefully) not so distant future could involve a brand-new infrastructure, simplified regulation, non-existent delays and a network-centric approach resulting aircraft using the most efficient trajectories, thus significantly reducing aviation’s environmental footprint. As of today, the original goals of the Single European Sky (SES) have not yet been achieved and national Performance Plans for the next five years show that despite a substantial increase in air navigation charges, the targets will still not be reached for neither efficiency nor environment.

The letter highlights that many of the technological and operational pieces are ready for deployment, that along with an update of the regulatory framework, will lead to up to 10 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions and other high-level goals of the SES will be also delivered. Given the expert work produced by the European Commission and Eurocontrol this year – and further supported by the signing of the Joint ATM Stakeholder Declaration, signatories believe it is time for Europe’s governments to take the appropriate action to update the SES legal framework. This will ensure that European citizens benefit from a seamless sky in a single aviation market in the future, and also enable EU governments to play a decisive role in reducing CO2 emissions from aviation whilst safeguarding future growth through innovation and improved global competitiveness.

The letter is available for download from the top right of this page for members only to view.