Wednesday, 1 June 2011

European airports facing shake-up to improve efficiency

A study by the EU has found that an extra 28m passengers a year could take to the skies if take off and landing slots were allocated more efficiently. The report recommends the secondary trading of landing slots and a move away from major airlines holding the vast majority of times.

In monetary terms, this increased efficiency could add £4.4bn to the economies of Europe between 2012 and 2015. Of the European markets, the UK remains the largest with 214 million air passengers in 2010, this was followed by Spain with 193 million passengers, Germany with 191 million, France with 143 million and Italy with 140 million.

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