8 MAY 2017
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Urgent reform of the Eurocontrol organisation was called for last week by Airlines for Europe (A4E) ahead of the election next month of a new director general to succeed Frank Brenner, who is leaving at the end of his five-year mandate.
A4E managing director Thomas Reynaert said: “We are dissatisfied with the operation of Eurocontrol where inefficiencies and a lack of transparency have prevailed for too long.
“The required reforms are well known and many recommendations have been set out in a report produced for the European Commission ... on separating the important role of network manager, governing flight routings in European airspace.”
Reynaert said there needed to be a further removal of duplication between the functions of different European agencies and independence from Eurocontrol for the Performance Review Body, which oversees what airlines are charged for air traffic control.
A4E had written to national transport ministries setting out its policies, he added. “The status quo cannot be allowed to continue. The selected candidate must have a track record in the delivery of efficiency and reform, of commercial focus, and of being able to lead change in a complex industrial relations environment.”
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