13 DECEMBER 2010

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Article from BTNews 13 DECEMBER 2010

European Single Sky

The Council of EU Transport Ministers, and the members of the EU Single Sky Committee took far-reaching decisions on 2 and 3 December which will impact progress towards a true Single Sky over Europe.  Such measures should eradicate any future strikes by controllers in individual countries although Spain is not a signatory at the present time.

Six EU member states agreed on a legally binding treaty to deal with air traffic management over the air spaces of Belgium, France, Germany, Holland Luxembourg and Switzerland. 

In a parallel development, the first Single Sky performance targets have been agreed.  For the three years 2012-14, the Europe-wide cost efficiency of the system must improve by 3.5% per year and targets also have been set for delay reduction and an increase in ‘flight efficiency’ – in other words a reduction in the circuitous routings which waste fuel and contribute to environmental impact. http://europa.eu

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