European Commission says that airport slot rules should be reviewed
More than €5 billion in economic benefits could be gained by 2025 if European rules on allocating slots for landing and takeoff at the EU’s busiest airports are reviewed, according to a new study ordered by the European Commission. Up to 28 million additional passengers could be accommodated each year at Europe’s airports as a result.
There are currently around 26,000 flights in Europe’s skies every day and with passenger numbers forecast to grow by up to 4.5% a year, airport capacity is reaching saturation, causing congestion and delays. “I intend to bring forward legislation this autumn to tackle this issue,” European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, who is responsible for transport, said.
[pictured: Terminal 2 Hall F, Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris]