For EUROCONTROL these are critical times and its role as a strategic coordinating body for all stakeholders to develop mutually beneficial recovery plans has never been more important.
“We’ve already tried to help airlines and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) with loan arrangements and developed a clear, four-pillar strategy for supporting the industry in terms of deferring charges and other support mechanisms,” says Philip Hughes, Head of European Aviation Plans, Cooperation and Stakeholder Support at EUROCONTROL. “We now need to prepare for the next stage, which is focused on how the industry can recover. That requires a detailed engagement with the different stakeholders. We need to agree on what we want to do collectively, what we need to prioritise and what the next actions should be.”