I saw today that plans for a Single European Sky are progressing nicely.
This refers to regulating the airspace on a regional level, instead of doing it nationally.
According to the article, “when implemented, the reform would result in routes shortened by 50 kilometres for every 800 kilometres flown and in CO2 emission reductions of at least 12 percent.” That sounds pretty good to me!
It just sounds absurd that this is taking so long to implement – in theory, this should be a no-brainer, but it is probably too closely related to national security interests to make it easy.
I wonder whether this will lead to new cheap routes – in theory, certain routes will have been unprofitable because the obvious way to get there was not a permissible flight route.