With a long history of successful collaboration in many areas of mutual concern, the intergovernmental organisation representing 41 Member States and 2 Comprehensive Agreement States, and the trade association bringing together all of Europe’s airports share many commonalities as aviation moves into a new chapter – in particular a shared focus on operational efficiency and sustainability.
The Memorandum, which replaces an existing agreement dating from 2008, builds a framework of cooperation around 2 pillars:
- Efficient air transport, through increased integration between operations at and around airport platforms and Air Traffic Management, moving to collaborative decision making.
This is essential to have operations on time and make better use of existing capacity and unlock latent capacity - both on the ground and in the air. Such integration will ultimately result in a one-on-one information exchange between the Network Operations Plan (NOP) and the Airport Operations Plan (AOP). It will be delivered through the continued cooperation between ACI EUROPE together with its member airports, and the EUROCONTROL Network Manager as well as through the continued participation of EUROCONTROL in ACI EUROPE’s Technical, Operations & Safety Committee (TOSC)1. The network functions, delivered with the support of the Network Manager, form a key pillar of the EU Single European Sky project.
- Sustainable air transport, through the continued development and outreach of Airport Carbon Accreditation, the global standard for carbon management and reduction at airports, as well as the continued rollout of EUROCONTROL’s Collaborative Environmental Management (CEM), which provides process guidance through which airports are able to reduce their environmental impact in close cooperation with their operational stakeholders.