SESII+ will not trigger radical change: IACA

The International Air Carrier Association which represents 30 airlines many of which are tour operators is warning that the latest raft of measures to create a Single European Sky falls far short.

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“Disappointingly, the proposed SESII+ fails to correct the fundamental flaws of the performance scheme set in the Performance and Charging Regulations and will not be enough to trigger the radical change that is long overdue, ” said Sylviane Lust, director general of IACA.

“There is a clear and obvious lack of progress in reforming the European ATM system. What this means is that airlines and passengers have been the ones to lose out over the years. Today’s proposal is yet another attempt to reform the system but it doesn’t go nearly far enough.”

“The EU Parliament and the European Council now have a choice. They can either let EU air traffic management remain a failure for Europe or turn it around to the benefit of Europe’s economy and its citizens.”

Even so, IACA believes that some of the key shortcomings of the present legal framework are addressed in the Commission’s proposal:

  • the setting of local targets together with the EU-wide targets
  • the need to establish genuinely independent supervisory authorities tasked to impose corrective measures and sanctions
  • the widening of the scope of responsibilities of the Network Manager and the clarification on its governance.

IACA said it welcomes and shares the analysis made by the European Commission of a clear lack of progress towards making air navigation services in Europe more efficient despite the implementation of two earlier packages of regulations, SES-I and II.

“After ten years of trying to correct the inefficiencies of the European ATM, airlines are still wasting more than €5 billion each year paying unnecessary bills for the fragmented infrastructure and the lack of productivity of the service providers. This punitive situation imposed on airlines, their passengers and the environment by state-protected monopolies is not sustainable,” said Lust.

“The fact the Commission is proposing yet another set of rules is clear proof that the existing regulations are neither adequate to drive efficiency (in particular cost-efficiency) nor properly enforced by Member States.”

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