The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has praised the European Commission for taking steps towards the long-delayed Single European Sky plan.
But it criticised what it said was “watered down” cost efficiency targets.
IATA backed the Commission’s introduction of an airspace block covering Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland to be known as FAB Europe-Central or FABEC and the introduction of pan-European performance targets.
But it attacked the decision to target a 3.5 percent annual improvement for 2012-2014, down from the original 4.5 percent target.
“Taking two steps forward and one step back is not going to deliver the SES. We need much tougher cost reduction targets driven by political leaders with a vision for building a more competitive Europe,” said Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s director general.
He added: “Both milestones move us closer to fulfilling the decades-old dream of the SES.”