Air traffic control issues cost EU economy $20 billion in 2018: airline body

The number of EU airline passengers affected by industrial actions hit up 26 percent on the previous year to 334 million in 2018. (AFP)
Updated 06 March 2019
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Air traffic control issues cost EU economy $20 billion in 2018: airline body

  • ATC industrial action, a lack of controllers or other structural issues were responsible for over 75 percent of delays
  • ‘Progress on aviation has stalled and we are going backwards’

BRUSSELS: Air traffic control (ATC) strikes and staff shortages cost the EU economy $19.88 billion (€17.6 billion) in 2018 in the worst year of delays for air passengers in nearly a decade, industry association Airlines for Europe (A4E) said on Wednesday
ATC industrial action, a lack of controllers or other structural issues were responsible for over 75 percent of delays, with the number of EU airline passengers hit up 26 percent on the previous year to 334 million, the industry body said, citing Eurocontrol data.
“Progress on aviation has stalled and we are going backwards,” Michael O’Leary, Ryanair CEO and A4E Chairman, said in a statement which outlined steps to tackle the issue.
“The EU must tackle inefficient ATC monopolies through internationalization of airspace, introduction of competition between ATC providers, and quicker delivery and flexible deployment of air traffic controllers.”
Chief executives of A4E members including British Airways owner IAG, easyJet, Lufthansa as well as Ryanair met on Wednesday for their annual meeting in Brussels, where they also called for revised regulations on passenger rights and airport charges.
The industry group also pledged to renew efforts on sustainability. A4E said operational issues such as ATC strikes had led to 1 million tons of avoidable CO2 emissions since 2014.
The summit was held a day after a study funded by investors said airlines are doing too little in the fight against global warming, adding more fuel-efficient planes and steps to ensure flights are at full capacity would help limit emissions.


Egypt’s aviation ministry to increase departure fee for travelers in November: Reports 

Updated 19 March 2019
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Egypt’s aviation ministry to increase departure fee for travelers in November: Reports 

  • Media said the increase to the passenger departure fee will raise the amount to $25

CAIRO: Egypt’s Ministry of Civil Aviation has reportedly announced a $5 increase in the travelers’ departure fee starting from next November, local newspapers reported on Tuesday.

Media said the increase to the passenger departure fee will raise the amount to $25, to be obtained indirectly for each passenger flying on regular or charter flights — both internationally and domestically — from Egyptian airports. 

The rate has not changed since 2013, the ministry said in a statement quoted by Al-Ahram Newspaper

The proposed increase was adopted by the Supreme Council for Pricing after "careful consideration" and according to normal practice in airports worldwide, it added.  

The ministry said the increase is in line with the challenges and demands needed for the development of the entire service system at Egyptian airports.