The recurrent ash cloud from Iceland is a gritty reminder for the EU’s transport ministers meeting in Brussels of the need for better preparation to deal with disruptions like last month’s volcanic air travel chaos.
The EU’s Transport Commissioner, Siim Kallas,
stressed the need to streamline air traffic systems:
“It is clear that [there is such a] big density that one country can not manage, it simply can not manage, and so we are going to simplify the management and the single sky package which is a huge project which will definitively smoothen air traffic management.”
The Single European Sky initiative was launched by the European Commission in 1999. The goal is to restructure Europe’s interlocking air spaces. With political agreement on strategy it combines technological possibilities with a legislative approach at a European rather than at a local level.