HOW DOES SES IMPROVE AVIATION IN EUROPE?
Instead than utilising national boundaries as a marker of a section of airspace, SES wants to build “functional airspace blocks” comprising multiple European nations.
This will facilitate the creation of more direct flight routes. Shorter flight durations and less fuel use will result from more efficient use of EU airspace.
The Single European Sky policies have decreased average delays to half a minute. This is a significant improvement over the delays experienced by travellers in the 1990s and 2000s.
The following advantages are expected from the proposed improvements:
- Triple capacity of European ATM
- Reduce flight times by 10%
- Reduce delays and cancellations by 50%
- Cut CO2 emissions by up to 10% (50 million tonnes)
- Cut annual fuel costs by €5.5 billion per airline
- Create 328,000 jobs across Europe.
These European airspace enhancements will greatly benefit travelers, airlines, and the environment.
THE FUTURE OF THE SINGLE EUROPEAN SKY
The first SES Act was enacted in 2004, and it was revised in 2009. Since then, more modifications have been proposed, although they have not yet been fully implemented. Critics accuse the member nations of a “lack of commitment.”
The European Commission (EC) and organisations like The International Air Transport Association (IATA) are now urging EU and Schengen nations to fully implement the suggested reforms and integrate them into a single coordinated ATM system.
Air navigation service providers (ANSPs) across Europe are being asked to support the reforms and work together to put them into effect.
The COVID-19 epidemic and the climate problem, according to Willie Walsh, Director General of IATA, are two reasons why the Safe European Sky is more crucial than ever. The SES might be critical in assisting the EU recovery strategy by restoring regular travel in Europe following the coronavirus.
Walsh was said to have said:
“The COVID-19 situation makes the SES’s efficiency improvements more crucial than ever.” And, given the current climate catastrophe, the benefits of sustainability are critical. Europe speaks a good game when it comes to the value of sustainability and competitiveness. With the SES, it’s time to put words into action. If the combined weight of the climate issue and the COVID-19 dilemma aren’t powerful enough reasons for SES, I’m not sure what is.”
In terms of travel, the EU is about to experience a number of changes in the near future. With the new ETIAS rule, this may be an excellent moment to move forward with the SES.