Airlines slam Europe for lack of ATM progress

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On the day that the Single European Sky was supposed to have implemented its fundamental structural reorganisation into functional airspace blocks (FAB), all four European airline associations have combined to lament the failure by states to meet the 4 December deadline.

The airline associations have called for the European Commission to "launch infringement procedures" against all the offending states.

The Association of European Airlines, the European Low Fares Airline Association, the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) and charter organisation the International Air Carrier Association have issued a joint statement condemning EU Member States for their reluctance to implement proper FABs.

The statement says: "Member States have failed to honour their obligations under the Single European Sky Regulation to properly implement FABs by the stipulated deadline of 4 December 2012."

The airlines observe that the states and their air navigation service providers have had eight years to comply with the regulation, but all they have done in most cases is to join with neighbouring ANSPs to create combined airspace blocks which continue to operate as they did before.

Describing the situation as "scandalous" the airlines add: "We are dismayed that lack of political will by member states has stalled any hoped-for progress."