Oliver Evans, TIACA’s Chairman, said: “We welcome the enhanced performance targeting scheme. More stringent EU-wide targets for safety, capacity, cost-effectiveness and environmental performance are required in order to ensure real improvements in the efficiency of air navigation services across Europe. This must, however, be accompanied by appropriate incentives and legal penalties in order to ensure compliance with the performance targets and avoid Member States focusing solely on their own national interests.
“The proposal for greater flexibility and industry partnership in building the Functional Airspace Blocks should help create the basis for a more efficient air traffic management system. The completion of the Functional Airspace Blocks should nonetheless be carried out within a realistic, yet ambitious, timeframe, with appropriate penalties for non-compliance.”
A modernised and harmonised air traffic management system for Europe will enable more direct and efficient routing and taxi routes, and eliminate wasteful hold-times in the air. It is estimated that ATM enhancements could improve fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions by up to 12 per cent. IATA estimates that cutting flight times by a minute per flight on a global basis would save 4.8 million tons of CO2 every year.