Extracts from the press conference by Siim Kallas on Single Sky - Commission acts to unblock congestion in Europe's airspace
Type: Summary of press conference
Strasbourg - EP/Louise Weiss
On 11 June 2013, Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, gave a press conference on Single Sky.
The European Commission acted to speed up the reform of Europe's air traffic control system. The Commission is looking to head off a capacity crunch as the number of flights is forecast to increase by 50% over the next 10-20 years. Inefficiencies in Europe's fragmented airspace bring extra costs of close to 5 billion Euros each year to airlines and their customers. They add 42 kilometres to the distance of an average flight forcing aircraft to burn more fuel, generate more emissions, pay more in costly user charges and suffer greater delays. The United States controls the same amount of airspace, with more traffic, at almost half the cost.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport
||Soundbite by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH): First, the separation of the air traffic management bodies which are providing safety for the air traffic, from the bodies responsible for the oversight. So the legal separation that split up the body who actually manage air traffic should be supervised by different and separated bodies (3 shots)
||Soundbite by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH): The practise shows that implementation of the reform based on this performance targets: four targets: safety, environment, capacity and costs is not enough, so our proposal develops and strengthens the process of setting these targets and also create possible enforcement when the targets are not implemented. This will keep the concept of the single European Sky as it is and only actually enforces Members States and relevant bodies to do what they have promised.
||Soundbite by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH): Third important point is that the Commission is proposing to open up new business opportunities for companies to provide support services for air traffic control organisations. So you will have air traffic control as a natural monopoly and they have now the possibilities to have services from other providers. This has nothing to do with privatisation; this is a question of opening up of air support services for competition which opens business opportunities and also it gives opportunities to use new technologies and innovation.
||Departure of Siim Kallas