Viewpoints on the Single European Sky

How has the Single European Sky project changed European aviation? What are the new roles that aviation stakeholders have assumed as a result? Some of the most important aviation stakeholders in Europe share their views on the benefits of the Single European Sky for the European air traffic system.

“EUROCONTROL’s tasks will now cover a wider remit, including helping the European Union identify the need for new regulation, providing support for the drafting of regulations, planning implementation strategies and supporting member states to exercise their regulatory functions. But this will be done while bringing these benefits to EUROCONTROL's wider non-European Union membership, thus ensuring coherence across the continent.” David McMillan, Director General of EUROCONTROL (2008-2012). Read more

“The Community approach to achieving the Single European Sky entails a complete institutional framework, with the participation of all relevant actors. The different stakeholders are contributing to the shaping of policy and deciding on rules.”  Daniel Calleja, former Director of Air Transport, European Commission. Read more

“EASA will be responsible for ensuring that any technical solution, concept, equipment, personnel or organisation involved in civil aviation works safely. The Agency already works in close partnership with EUROCONTROL to achieve the most efficient regulatory system, building on its vast knowledge and experience in ATM as well as aiming to ensure continuity and legal certainty for all regulated actors in the field. EASA is also ready to do its utmost to progressively convince the international aviation community of the merits of the European approach to safety regulation.” Patrick Goudu, former Executive Director of EASA. Read more

“Airport Carbon Accreditation provides a common framework for reporting and reducing carbon emissions from airport operations. Optimising airport capacity is something that cannot afford to be left on the backburner. Airport Carbon Accreditation will help further incentivise innovative activities and collaborative efficiencies at European airports. In the long term, we are hopeful that the EU Observatory on Airport Capacity, established as a result of SES II, will help give greater visibility to the issue of airport capacity – an issue which is very much linked with the environmental debate on aviation and climate change.” Olivier Jankovek, Director of ACI EUROPE Read more

“CANSO supports the broader definition that has been given to SES II whereby the emphasis is no longer exclusively on operational requirements but also on performance and cooperation.” Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO). Read more 

“When the airlines remind themselves that there are perhaps € 5 billion of potential annual efficiency gains tied up in the Single European Sky project, the eagerness with which they await the flow of benefits to begin is understandable, all the more so since those benefits also include a better service to the consumer, in terms of reduced delay, and a much reduced environmental impact. For European airlines, their customers and indeed the environment, the Single Sky programme is simply too important to be allowed not to materialise and too urgent to be left to suffer further delay.” Ulrich Schulte-Strathaus, former Secretary General of AEA. Read more