EU Transport Commissioner Voileta Bulc and CEO Klaus-Dieter Scheurle

Martin Rolfe (NATS), Angel Luis Anas (ENAIRE), Klaus-Dieter Scheurle, Violeta Bulc, Iacopo Prissinotti (ENAV), Thomas Hoffmann (COOPANS), Philippe Barnola (DSNA) und Janusz Niedziela (Pansa) (v.l.).

A6 CEOs meet with EU Transport Commissioner Bulc at WAC to promote success of ATM industrial partnerships and SESAR Deployment

07.03.2017.- The CEOs of the A6 Alliance met with Commissioner Violeta Bulc, EU Commissioner for Transport, at the World ATM Congress in Madrid. They discussed the role of Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) as one of the main drivers to successfully deploy SESAR technology and operational concepts and thus strengthening the competitiveness and sustainability of the entire EU air transport value network.

The A6 Alliance by means of SESAR jointly with industry partners contribute to the achievement of the EU Aviation Strategy for Europe as well as make the Single European Sky a reality.

“The implementation of SESAR will enable growth in the air and on the ground, reduce capacity constraints and improve efficiency and connectivity all the while embracing a new era of innovation and digital technology in an effort to get EU aviation back ahead of the curve and make the EU Aviation Strategy a success”, states A6 Alliance Chairman and DFS CEO Klaus-Dieter Scheurle.

The SESAR initiative is one of the flagships of EU transport policy. It is now entering into the deployment phase, realizing the envisioned performance benefits for EU aviation as outlined within the European ATM Master Plan.

The CEOs of the A6 Alliance used the meeting to demonstrate first results of the SESAR program as SESAR deployment now ramps up, showing that CEF is key to deliver SESAR and SESAR is key to deliver the EU Aviation Strategy. They showed how ANSPs, airlines, airports and European supplier industry are working together jointly in a cross-border, cooperative framework delivering European competitiveness, values, standards and products resulting in an integrated air transport sector on a European level and that this dialogue should continue for the review of the Pilot Common Project and elaboration of a new Common Project.

“The A6 Alliance shows how a political vision like the one of the Single European Sky can become a reality through the engagement of industrial partnerships supported by a sustainable regulatory framework. Only in doing so the European ATM sector can secure European competitiveness. The A6 Alliance values the significant financial support the European Commission has and continuous to allocate towards the deployment of SESAR via the Connecting Europe Facilities (CEF) and we will continue to work closely with the Commissioner on delivering sustainable investments as well as to develop measures increasing the effectiveness of the funding instruments.” (A6 CEOs).

About the A6 Alliance

The A6 Alliance is an inclusive coalition of ANSPs across Europe who are committed to modernize the European ATM system. The A6 Alliance pushes forward SESAR by being part of the SJU as well as the SESAR Deployment Manager. Today, the members of the A6 Alliance control more than 80% of EU air traffic, and are responsible for more than 70% of the investment in the future air traffic management infrastructure. The A6 Alliance therewith being a central stakeholder of importance in order to deploy SESAR.