Mobility and Transport

Tackling limits to growth in the air and on the ground

Tackling limits to growth in the air and on the ground

Tackling limits to growth in the air and on the ground

 

Timeline

The EU must plan now for future air travel demand, which will soon congest our skies and airports.

  • Completing the Single European Sky (SES) initiative.
  • Boosting the efficiency of airport services: airport charges and ground handling.
  • Tackling the capacity crunch: adequate slots rules and infrastructure.
  • Improving connectivity by developing a new annual index.

Facts and figures

  • Inefficiently managed airspace and slow implementation of the Single European Sky means loss of competitiveness and higher costs for the airlines.
  • The European Union has planned to invest € 430 million each year, until 2020, in the Single European Sky ATM Research project.
  • It has been estimated that the timely deployment of SESAR Solutions can potentially result in over 300 000 new jobs.
  • The estimated costs of a fragmented airspace represent at least €5 billion a year.
  • Quality, competitive airport services are critical for passengers and for the competitiveness of the EU aviation sector.
  • Traffic in Europe is predicted to reach 14.4 million flights in 2035, 50% more than in 2012.
  • In 2035, there will be an estimated surplus annual demand of some 2 million flights which European airports will be unable to accommodate due to capacity shortages.
  • By 2035, over 20 airports will operate near full capacity, against just 3 in 2012, leading to an additional average airport–related delay of 5-6 minutes per flight.
  • Congested airports could cost 434,000-818,000 jobs and a loss of €28-52 billion GDP.
  • The better a city, region or country is connected by air to other destinations the more growth can be generated.

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