EUROCONTROL and ACI EUROPE sign Memorandum of Understanding, signalling enhanced co-operation and joint commitment to aviation’s successful and sustainable future27 January 2022
Eamonn Brennan, Director General of EUROCONTROL, and Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI EUROPE, have today signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding to enhance their co-operation as the two organisations work towards European aviation’s future-facing stability, safety, and sustainability.
With a long history of successful collaboration in many areas of mutual concern, the intergovernmental organisation representing 41 Member States and 2 Comprehensive Agreement States, and the trade association bringing together all of Europe’s airports share many commonalities as aviation moves into a new chapter – in particular a shared focus on operational efficiency and sustainability.
The Memorandum, which replaces an existing agreement dating from 2008, builds a framework of co-operation around 2 pillars:
- Efficient air transport through increased integration between operations at and around airport platforms and Air Traffic Management, moving to collaborative decision making.
This is essential to have operations on time and make better use of existing capacity and unlock latent capacity - both on the ground and in the air. Such integration will ultimately result in a one-on-one information exchange between the Network Operation Plan (NOP) and Airport Operation Plan (AOP). It will be delivered through the continued cooperation with ACI EUROPE together with its member airports, and the EUROCONTROL Network Manager as well as through the continued participation of EUROCONTROL in ACI EUROPE’s Technical, Operations & Safety Committee (TOSC)1.The network functions, delivered with the support of the Network Manager, form a key pillar of the EU Single European Sky project.
- Sustainable air transport, through the continued development and outreach of Airport Carbon Accreditation, the global standard for carbon management and reduction at airports, as well as the continued rollout of EUROCONTROL’s Collaborative Environmental Management (CEM), which provides process guidance through which airports are able to reduce their environmental impact in close cooperation with their operational stakeholders.
Eamonn Brennan said: “Flights were down 44% last year across Europe to 6.2 million, whilst at the same time passengers numbers were down 59% - a loss of 1.4 billion. EUROCONTROL is focused on supporting European aviation and is working closely with airports to deliver enhanced operational efficiency and sustainable solutions as we recover from the pandemic. Time and again our organisations have shown that working together in areas as diverse as innovation, R&D, urban air mobility, and optimising performance at all levels, reaps even greater benefits for aviation. We look forward to strengthening our collaboration even further for the benefit of the wider aviation network as a whole.”