The Crisis of European Air Traffic Control: Costs and Solutions

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The German Airspace Users Association
The German Airspace Users Association, Jan 1, 1989 - Technology & Engineering - 69 pages
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Inadequate air traffic control seriously disrupts air travel in Europe. Air travel remains safe, but it is inefficient and subject to intolerable delays. In Germany, for example, nearly one-third of all flights are seriously delayed. These rising delays constitute a major impediment to the creation of a single, open European market by 1992. In this report, for the first time: A team of economists calculates the overall costs to Europe of air traffic control delay and disruption. These costs are enormous - US$ 5 billion in 1988 alone. A team of aviation engineers concludes that an investment of US$ 5-10 billion is needed to build a modern, integrated air traffic control system for the whole of Western Europe. This solution would eliminate the US$ 5 billion in annual excess costs. A team of international lawyers and aviation consultants develops a workable means of achieving this solution — a two-step EC initiative to create the necessary institutional framework for integrated European air traffic control. Following the body of this report are methodological notes that explain in greater detail the calculations and analysis underlying the economic and technical sections of this report.

 

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Contents

EUROPES AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL
8
The Role of Governments in Solving the Problem
18
THE COSTS OF THE CRISIS IN AIR TRAFFIC
21
The Costs of Inefficient Routing
28
Harmonising National Systems
34
A Single Integrated System
40
Timing of Implementation
47
ORGANISING THE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL
48
A Time for Action
58

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