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Issue n° 180 - 04 July 2014

Mobility and transport

In the spotlight

Airspace control room

Air Transport: Commission starts the deployment phase for air traffic management of the future

The European Commission has adopted a first set of essential changes for the modernisation of the European Air Traffic Management (ATM) system known as the "Pilot Common Project". This is the first of a series of projects resulting from SESAR, the technological pillar of the Single European Sky. The projects focus in particular on the improvements of air traffic to and from airports, the increase of aircraft flexibility to fly more direct and more efficient routes as well as enhanced sharing of more precise information among all actors and better coordination with the military.

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Tweet on air traffic management

Ambitious reforms needed in what is by now an outdated air traffic management system: http://bit.ly/1k9FTHl #aviation

Siim Kallas

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Figure of the month

69 percent

69% of Europeans are satisfied with public transport.

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We were asked about...

Question asked by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris (PPE)

Subject:  European airports falling in the global rankings

One of the leading online travel agencies in Europe has drawn up a list of the world's best airports, based on the views of thousands of travellers. Asian airports are at the top of the rankings, led by Narita Airport in Tokyo, followed by Changi (Singapore) and Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok). Overall, four of the top six airports are Asian and five of the top ten European. The best European airport is Fuhlsbüttel in Hamburg.

No fewer than five European airports are ranked among the ten worst, with the main issues being the long queues to pass through security and collect baggage, the lack of a metro and the excessive taxi charges.

In light of this, which measures does the Commission intend to adopt to promote a high level of quality of service in European airports?

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