European Commission urged to hold firm on airspace improvements

ANSPS must abandon their go-it-alone approach and be far more ambitious in terms of cost efficiency and punctuality, according to a European airlines group.
“The benefits of the Single European Sky depend on countries abandoning their go-it-alone approach in order to take full advantage of economies of scale, sharing of technologies and resources and coordinated investment to achieve substantially lower costs and higher operating efficiencies,” said the heads of four members of the European Airspace User Associations (AEA, EBAA, ELFAA and ERA).
“However, instead of working together, countries are limiting their ambitions to their own borders and undermining everything SES is seeking to achieve.”
Later this month the European Commission is expected to finalise a report, criticising every member of the European Union for not going far enough in their airspace improvement plans.
European Member States had agreed to further accelerate progress towards a Single European Sky (SES) following the 2010 volcanic ash crisis.
Member States were asked to submit detailed 2012-14 performance plans to the Commission by June this year covering two key areas: cost-efficiency and punctuality.
“However, those same States have failed to deliver on their promises and an independent review body has now rejected their efficiency plans for not being ambitious enough,” said the group.
The Commission is now expected to instruct all 27 Member States to revise their plans, step up their cost-efficiency targets and increase their productivity.
“Five states – Austria, France, Germany, Spain and the UK – had their plans rejected in both areas. This lack of ambition is totally unacceptable,” said the group.
“We urge the Commission to stick to its guns and put pressure on the Member States to establish realistic and achievable plans to ensure that the Commission’s targets are delivered.”
The airlines association noted that:
States that failed to meet punctuality targets included: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the UK.
States asked to improve punctuality targets included: Bulgaria, Estonia, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta and Portugal.
States that failed to meet cost-efficiency targets included: Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
States asked to improve cost-efficiency targets included: Belgium, Denmark, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Poland.