Airline industry condemns lack of progress on FABs
Four major airline associations have united to condemn EU countries for their reluctance to properly implement Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs), which are a key ingredient for the successful delivery of Single European Sky II – the next step for the regulation of airspace in Europe. The Association of European Airlines, the European Regions Airline Association, the International Air Carrier Association and the European Low Fares Airline Association have united in condemning individual countries for failing to implement FABs by the deadline of 4 December. Countries have been given eight years to comply with the EU regulation.
The current situation of individual air navigation service providers in the 27 EU countries is extremely inefficient, the associations said in a joint statement. It causes “an unnecessary 13 million tonnes of CO2 to be emitted per year, equivalent to 10% of current aviation emissions in EU airspace.”
“The current situation is scandalous. We therefore urge Transport Commissioner Kallas to follow up on his warning to Member States at the EU Aviation Summit in Cyprus on 12 October 2012, and launch infringement procedures against defaulting states.”
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