By Frank Brenner, Director General of EUROCONTROL.
Some big name airlines have been heavily campaigning for more regulation of airport charges and as the European Commission (the EC) is working hard to finalise its forthcoming new ‘Aviation Package’ it looks increasingly likely that airport charges is going to be one of the policy issues which will be addressed by the Package, in some shape or form. Donagh Cagney, Economics Manager at ACI EUROPE, reports.
Summer is ending and we can start looking back at some very good months for passenger traffic at Europe’s airports – with the notable exception of Russia. EU traffic has been performing particularly well, providing yet another indication that the Eurozone economies might finally be turning the corner. Despite suboptimal GDP growth and still significant downside risks, aviation is essentially benefiting from a rare moment of harmonious positives. There is little doubt that lower oil prices are an essential part of this equation.
The progress in SESAR deployment continues. 16 European airports that are in the scope of IR716/2014 will receive nearly €100 million of EU public funding for investment in ATC (Air Traffic Control) related operations. The first tranche of this funding is expected to be released early next year. Inês Rebelo reports.
Editorial: By Arnaud Feist, President of ACI EUROPE