Auditors say air traffic in Europe is modern but overfunded

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Planes of the British Airways airline gather on the runway as a plane of Malaysia Airlines takes off during thick fog delays departures from Terminal 5 Heathrow Airport in London, Britain, 23 January 2017. Freezing foggy weather threatens to disrupt traffic and travel plans as thick fog saw 100 flights cancelled at Heathrow.

Auditors say air traffic in Europe is modern but overfunded


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According to a new report from the European Court of Auditors, EU regulation has fostered air traffic management modernisation, but EU funding of projects was largely unnecessary and its management was affected by shortcomings.
In 2005, the EU launched a programme known as SESAR to harmonize and modernize air traffic management systems and procedures across Europe, which have traditionally been developed at a national level. Overall, the EU has committed €3.8 billion to SESAR between 2005 and 2020, of which €2.5 billion was designated to support the deployment of such systems and procedures.

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