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EC. Aircraft and transport:"No more delays, the time for action is now"

Bulc and Delli issued today a joint statement

European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc and Chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism Karima Delli today issued a joint statement calling for action to tackle delays in air traffic in Europe.

In it, they note that "2018 is expected to be the busiest year so far in terms of air traffic, with 11 million flights forecast. On top of that the summer holiday season is upon us, which is the busiest period for air travel. The bleak reality is that around 50,000 passengers will face delays -every day- of up to 2 hours in airports across Europe, leading to missed connections and unforeseen costs. Our current air traffic system is struggling to cope with the ever increasing volume of traffic, and other disruptions which contribute to these delays. The system needs an urgent upgrade. Now is the moment to be bold – we need a more genuine cooperation between national air navigation service providers, and we need to work with Eurocontrol to create a more effective management of the European network".

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