NATS CEO joins industry panel to advise Europe on future aviation strategy

12 October 2010

The European Commission has asked NATS Chief Executive Richard Deakin to help set a course for the development of air transport across Europe.

EC Vice-President Siim Kallas invited Richard to be part of the 15-strong Aviation Platform to advise the Commission on how best to ensure the European aviation industry remains competitive and has a sustainable future.

Other members include British Airways Chief Executive Willie Walsh and easyJet Chief Executive Carolyn McCall, as well as Louis Gallois, Chief Executive of EADS, and the first meeting will be held in Brussels on October 20.

Richard Deakin

Richard Deakin

Richard said he would be calling for a strategic approach to help speed improved performance and drive change and innovation across the EU.

He said: “Air traffic control is a unifying factor in a fiercely competitive industry. We are the touchpoint for airlines, airports and manufacturers.

“We need to shift our thinking in air traffic management from nation-centred to Europe-wide systems and tools. It’s vital that the 21st century ATM network serves each airline, airport and passengers safely, efficiently and sustainably.

“This is a great opportunity to ensure we have an overview which can influence the fundamental work going on to transform operations across the EU.”

The Platform was created after the Icelandic volcanic ash crisis, which affected much of western Europe earlier this year. Its purpose is to give strategic advice on the key challenges facing the European aviation sector so it remains competitive and sustainable.

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