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Benefits of European Airspace Modernization

European Airspace Study

​A new report from SEO Amsterdam Economics Research, commissioned by IATA, has calculated that the European economy will be boosted by EUR245 billion in 2035 if European airspace is modernized.

The Report calculates the impact if the inefficiencies in European air traffic management (ATM), which include unnecessary route extensions of up to 50km and delays of around 10 minutes per flight, were eliminated.

Europe has had a long-standing program, the Single European Sky (SES), aimed at eliminating these inefficiencies. Its targets include a reduction in environmental impact of 10%, a threefold increase in capacity, and a reduction of costs of 50%. This project, however, is much delayed and is suffering from a lack of political leadership at national level.

IATA has commissioned the SEO report to create a new momentum for delivering the SES goals. The aim is to involve stakeholder groups in key European markets who would particularly stand to benefit from the economic boost generated by a modernized ATM. These groups include the hospitality and tourism sectors, the knowledge economy, trades unions, cultural and educational representatives, and manufacturing and service exporters.

It is hoped that together, the case can be made to re-invigorate the process of European ATM reform and modernization.

The report & infographic

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