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Spain soaring as Pastor pledges commitment to “Single European Sky” 

Spain’s Minister for Public Works has highlighted the country’s commitment to the air transport sector and construction of the Single European Sky.

Ana Pastor referred to 2015 as an exceptional year for the sector in the country, with a six per cent increase in passenger numbers at the close, and indicated that the prospects for 2016 are even better.

She noted that in recent years ENAIRE has managed to reduce air traffic control delays by 79 per cent and save airlines 3.5 million nautical miles in distances flown, avoiding the emission of 123,000 tonnes of CO2.

?At the official opening of the fourth World ATM (Air Traffic Management) Congress, she stressed Spain’s commitment to the air transport sector and the construction of the Single European Sky.

The Minister noted that Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport was the European hub with the biggest increase in traffic (up 11.9 per cent). The trend has continued this year with growth of 13.6 per cent to February, while Barcelona-El Prat airport has posted an increase of 17.4 per cent so far this year.

Ana Pastor also highlighted the continued improvement in the services being provided for airlines through the Air Space Efficiency Plan, which have saved 3.5 million nautical miles in distance flown, 38,900 tonnes of fuel, and the emission of 123,000 tonnes of CO2 in the period 2012-2015.

With respect to the international positioning of Spain in the airline sector, she referred to the responsibility and commitment of ENAIRE to the achievement of the European Single Sky challenge, the commitment to continued improvement in R&D+i, and the performance of an active role in all the cuttingedge initiatives that are related to the air traffic management (ATM) system.

She highlighted the important role played by ENAIRE through its partici-pation in the projects at the development phase of SESAR and its active contribution to the SESAR 2020 programme, which will be key for the future of the sector. “With the participation in SESAR and other European Research and Development programmes, ENAIRE is laying the groun-dwork for the future implementation of new concepts based on satellite navigation, such as EGNOS and GALILEO,” she explained.

The SESAR programme is the technological pillar of the Single European Sky project, whose aim is to provide air traffic with more capacity and fluidity, lower the costs of associated services and reduce the environmental impact of the sector, thus improving current safety levels of operations.

Finally, the Minister for Public Works insisted that safety, efficiency, punctuality, innovation, sustainability and excellence have to constitute a strategic roadmap for European air navigation, and “in this they have the commitment of Spain and ENAIRE.”