Air Transport Socio-Economic Studies

Air Transport Socio-economic studies in EUROCONTROL in the period 2003-2010 aimed to raise awareness on Air Transport and ATM for the medium- and long-term in view of better informed decisions and orientation of research in EUROCONTROL.
  Acrobat Synthesis Socio Economic Studies 2003-2010
The EUROCONTROL socio-economic research initially followed an exploratory process, looking at air transport from the perspective of different categories of actors in society (customers, politicians, press, neighbours, even air traffic controllers and pilots). It has also explored the economic aspects from regulatory and business perspectives, looking at the economic impact of air transport, and at the integration of sustainability and governance issues in air transport.

In addition, two events have been organised to raise awareness about the societal challenges in air transport:
  HTML A workshop on sustainability of air transport in 2005
  HTML A symposium organised with Sciences-Po Paris on sustainability of air transport in 2006.
This research contributed to the SESAR Definition Phase and to strategic orientation of research in air transport in support of ACARE through continuous contribution to monitoring research achievements against the ACARE Vision 2020 goals and to future orientation of research in Aeronautics and Air Transport:

Economic Studies

  HTML Economic Studies web page

Society Studies

In a time of profound changes in ATM both technical, operational and institutional, which will make it more visible on the political arena, technical competency is no longer sufficient but needs to be recognised by our stakeholders – and society is one of our stakeholders.
It is, therefore, essential to understand what is covered by the term "society".
  • What are the public expectations on air transport and ATM : professionalism, safety, accessibility, security, quality of service, cost efficiency, transparency, environment improvements ....?
  • How is ATM perceived in air transport and in the general public?
  • Why should ATM challenges, decisions and changes be understood by society?
This society research aimed at understanding the different aspects of the relationship between air transport, ATM and society : public perception, image, politicians views, legal aspects, and also how the ATM world is reacting to changes

Perception of air transport and ATM

Studies of the Perception of air transport and ATM include analysis of public perception of ATM, in particular through the media, political personnel:
Public - a survey of the public's perception of ATM (2004).
  HTML A synthesis of ATM public perception surveys
Press - an analysis of the European press on safety of air transport through the analysis of accidents involving ATM (2005, report with restricted access).
  HTML What image of ATM? An analysis of 2002-2003 European press
An analysis of European press reports on accidents involving ATM has been performed : Safety of air traffic as seen by the press (2007 edition) - restricted access. Please contact Mrs N. Pilon for more information.
Citizens - an exploration of public perception of air transport through focus groups in Europe (2005).
  HTML "Citizens" Study - Results of European Focus Groups Examining Public Perceptions of Air Transport
Politis – an analysis of the views of political personnel in Europe about air transport growth through a survey in 5 countries and the EU Parl (2007).
  HTML Politis study: The growth of air transport as seen by the political actors in Europe (2000-2006)
Effects – a comprehensive inventory of research on the effects of environmental impacts of air transport on neighbouring populations (2007).
  HTML Environmental effects around airports: towards new indicators?
Demand in 2025 – a study of expected future demand for air transport in the 2025 horizon (2007).
  HTML Evolution of demand for leisure air transport in 2025

Change in ATM

Change in ATM studies explore rule making that affects ATM, beliefs and attitudes about new rules at different levels in ATM, and conditions for acceptability of change. Current studies include:
Liability - impact of ATC penal liability on innovation in ATM (2005 INO report).
  HTML Impact de la Responsabilité Juridique dans le Domaine du Contrôle du Trafic Aérien
Legal Aspect - an analysis of consequences of liability on innovation in ATM, with INO RA (2005) and a state-of-the-art survey (2006), report with restricted access). If you wish access to this report, please contact Mrs. N. Pilon.
Transpar - a socio-anthrological research (PhD with La Sorbonne University) on organisational transparency in ATM, focusing on ATM safety management (2007).
  HTML Transparency in high risk organisations: the case of air traffic control - a comparative research in 5 European countries
Attitudes - a sociological study of attitudes in ATM with regards to environment constraints corresponding to societal demands. The case study is the introduction of Continuous Descent Approach (noise and emissions avoidance) at three airports in Europe, with a survey of operational staff and management in airports ATM and airlines (2007).
  HTML Introduction of a B-CDA trial at Manchester Airport
  HTML Attitudes to change in ATM operations: introduction of CDA trials at Manchester, Bucharest, and Stockholm

Socio-Economic Challenges

Investigative survey of the socio-political challenge of air transport:
Challenges in air transport 2030 - A survey of high level experts' view on long-term challenges in air transport that accompanied the EUROCONTROL Challenges of Growth 2008.

  Acrobat Challenges in air transport 2030
Aeronautics and Air Transport beyond 2020 (Towards 2050) - Contribution of a Society section in the ACARE Background doc. analysing challenges in Air Transport and calling for a new vision for air transport and Aeronautics at the horizon 2050
  Acrobat Aeronautics and Air Transport beyond 2020 (Towards 2050)

Economic Studies web page

  HTML Economic Studies web page


For more information, please contact:
Mrs Nadine PILON
Project Manager
Work :  +33 1 6988 7475
Last validation: 28/03/2011