Press release

EUROCONTROL Network Manager and A6 Alliance discuss challenges that will face the aviation industry in Summer 2023

Participants to the meeting of EUROCONTROL Network Manager and the A6 Alliance

The EUROCONTROL Network Manager (NM) and the CEOs of the A6 Alliance have met to discuss the challenges with accommodating the expected surge in air traffic in Summer 2023 and how the key stakeholders can come together to agree, commit, and deliver on a common plan this year.

Traffic is anticipated to increase by approximately 15% on 2022 with continued volatility across the network as the overall level of airspace available has greatly reduced compared to before the pandemic.

IAA CEO, Peter Kearney, as Chairman of the A6 Alliance affirmed:

"The A6 Alliance is committed to working closely with all stakeholders to ensure that there is a common plan across the network and that appropriate measures are put in place to cater for the demand in Europe this year."

Peter Kearney CEO, IAA

The A6 members commit to the sustainable delivery of air traffic capacity as per the commitments being agreed upon by all members.

Mr. Kearney credits the Network Manager for ongoing efforts to ensure the full coordination of operational stakeholders and States noting that any stakeholder can be a single point of failure, as per the experience last summer. Mr. Kearney also expressed confidence that this planning exercise that is developing through a forum organised by the EUROCONTROL Network Manager has the potential to alleviate most bottlenecks in the network over the coming months, ensuring that passengers have a more enjoyable experience in terms of predictability.

Iacopo Prissinotti, the EUROCONTROL Director Network Management said:

"Our meeting is part of EUROCONTROL’s Summer 2023 programme where we have taken the initiative to meet with all partners in the European aviation sector to build trust and create a positive environment among all actors for our common goal of smooth, efficient and sustainable air traffic in Europe. In the current complex network situation - where we are expecting up to 15% more flights this summer than during the already saturated last summer – disciplined execution of all plans in full partnership is key!"

In addition, the CEOs of A6 Alliance and the EUROCONTROL NM discussed and exchanged views on other key strategic items of common interest.

Note to editors

About A6 Alliance

The A6 Alliance includes the largest air navigation services providers in Europe, responsible for the safe management of more than 80% of Europe’s air traffic. The group was established in June 2011 to coordinate the research and development and investment of the providers within the SESAR programme (Single European Sky ATM Research). Our focus is on the key strategic areas of common interest to our members, influencing the transport and aviation regulations to support our industry’s development. Our members represent more than 70% of the investment in the future European ATM infrastructure, working together to identify and deploy the latest technology to deliver benefits to our airline’s customers, passengers and the environment.

For more information regarding A6 please visit a6alliance.net and follow us on Twitter & LinkedIn.

About EUROCONTROL

EUROCONTROL is a pan-European, civil-military organisation dedicated to supporting European aviation. As Europe’s Network Manager, we play a central coordination role, using our technical expertise to support Member States and a wide range of stakeholders (air navigation service providers, civil and military airspace users, airports and aircraft/equipment manufacturers). We strive to make European aviation safe, efficient, scalable, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable, partnering with the European Union to make the Single European Sky a reality.

EUROCONTROL has 41 Member States: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Türkiye, Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. EUROCONTROL has Comprehensive Agreements with Morocco and Israel.

For more information regarding EUROCONTROL please visit eurocontrol.int and follow us on Twitter & LinkedIn.

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