Background on Single European Sky
The Single European Sky (SES) is an ambitious initiative launched by the European Commission in 2004 to reform the architecture of European ATM. It proposes a legislative approach to meet future capacity and safety needs at a European rather than local level.
The key objectives of the SES are:
- To restructure European airspace as a function of air traffic flows
- To create additional capacity
- To increase the overall efficiency of the air traffic management system.
In order to fulfil these objectives, the European Commission set the following High-Level Goals
- Enable a 3-fold increase in capacity which will also reduce delays both on the ground and in the air
- Improve safety by a factor of 10
- Enable a 10% reduction in the effects flights have on the environment
- Provide ATM services to the airspace users at a cost of at least 50% less