NATS signs deal with European airlines

UK’s air traffic control NATS and the Association of European Airlines (AEA) have entered into a strategic partnership to drive the Single European Sky (SES) vision and deliver extra savings for airlines in Europe.

The partners said this agreement lays the foundations for future work that will consider how Europe’s airspace could be better managed to cope with forecast growth in air traffic, whilst at the same time reducing costs. “It also offers the opportunity to develop a shared understanding and common positions on the institutional and regulatory environment that could best deliver the objectives of SES,” they said.

They argue that the challenges faced by European aviation – the need to safely manage increasingly complex airspace, whilst at the same time delivering cost savings and improving environmental performance – necessitate greater cooperation across the industry.

AEA brings together 30 of Europe’s major airlines and has been the voice of the European airline industry for over 50 years.

Richard Deakin, chief executive officer of NATS, commented: “We’re delighted to have entered into this partnership with AEA. We think it’s vital that we, as air traffic service providers, recognise that airlines are our customers and put them at the heart of everything we do.

“Partnering with AEA will bring us even closer to our customers and we believe will help us find new ways to make Europe’s airspace work better for all of us. I’m delighted AEA see NATS as a progressive ANSP and is keen to work with us.”

“The realisation of the Single European Sky and the improvement of the current European air traffic control system is a top priority for the Association of European Airlines and its members”, says Athar Husain Khan, CEO of the Association of European Airlines. “We look forward to work together with NATS on this and many other projects of common interest.”

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