European Commission VP for Transport, Siim Kallas, said (11-Oct-2012) Europe remains a long way from creating a single European airspace and the Single European Sky is "still not delivering" and Europe "must progress from planning to actual delivery". Mr Kallas said there is a need to examine the relationship between national regulators and service providers within the "weak European institutional structure." and the situation is far from ideal, with "patchy enforcement by national regulators leading to overlaps and gaps in the wider EU system". Functional Airspace Blocks "will make little if any contribution towards an integrated and defragmented airspace" and will be required to develop strategic and operational plans. Mr Kallas proposed simplifying and and clarifying legislation and announced he plans to present proposals for "SES 2+". to accelerate implementation of the Single Sky, complement some initiatives which are not yet complete and strengthen the existing legislation. [more - original PR]
European Commission: "Air traffic control is still far too expensive. We are still hampered by a high level of delays. This is the situation today, mirroring the same situation last year," VP for Transport, Siim Kallas. Source: European Commission, 11-Oct-2012.