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News (27/11/2013)

EU experts warn on airport capacity crunch and invite the Commission to take action on intermodality

The European Observatory on Airport Capacity held a plenary meeting at which it fully endorsed the findings on network congestion and climate change and resilience of "Challenges of Growth 2013 ", a comprehensive study carried out by Eurocontrol highlighting the likely problems resulting from a shortage of airport capacity in Europe. By 2035 it is predicted that there will be more than 20 Heathrow-like airports by 2035 (airports running at 80% or more of capacity for 6 hours/day) - they were just three in 2012 -, the average delay to each flight caused by a lack of capacity will be between 5 and 6 minutes and that airlines and airports will be unable to accommodate 12% of the demand for air travel due to a lack of airport capacity. The Observatory also adopted concrete policy recommendations on intermodality at European airports and reviewed the work undertaken during the Observatory's first mandate since 2007.

For more information:

http://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/air/airports/observatory_en.htm