The current difficult economic context has led to a dramatic decrease in air traffic. This has been particularly strong for European Business Aviation traffic which is down 20% compared to a year ago. * Business and General Aviation are important for the economy and a vital part of the aviation community: wealth creation, number of paired airports links and tools for every day business. Indeed, these sectors still have ample room for medium to long-term growth in Europe.
* Planning for this growth cannot slow down. Business and General aviation must be guaranteed continued flexibility and speed in everyday operations, together with access to airspace and airports. New ATM systems and working methods should act as enablers and not impediments to growth.
* The second Single European Sky package and technological research including SESAR present the dawn of a positive era for Business and General aviation. However, these developments also emphasize the need for adequate representation. Solutions must be forged in a spirit of fairness to all airspace users.
Announcing the launch of their 2009 Yearbook ‘The Business of flying’, EUROCONTROL (European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation), EBAA (European Business Aviation Associated) and IAOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) will give a joint press briefing in which high-level speakers from each organisation will discuss present challenges and future opportunities.
When: Monday 11 May 2009
Where: EBACE, Geneva
Press Conference Room Number 2 (Hall 7.1, next to the Press Room)
16:00-16:30: Press Briefing
* Brian Humphries, President and CEO, EBAA
* Martin Robinson, Senior Vice-President Europe, IAOPA
* Alex Hendriks, Deputy Director CND, EUROCONTROL
16:30-16:45: Questions and answers
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