The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on European governments and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) to make “urgent improvements” to European air traffic management.
The association said the priority should be to cut carbon emissions and address the unnecessary costs and flight delays suffered by passengers from inefficient airspace routes and bottlenecks.
According to Eurocontrol, IATA said in June more than 210,000 flights, 20 per cent of the total, were delayed. The average delay time was 17 minutes. The vast majority of the delays are from a lack of air traffic control capacity, driven by inadequate staffing, inflexible rostering, and an inability to react to disruptive events.