Air Transport Liberalization
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Air Transport Liberalization

A Critical Assessment

Edited by Matthias Finger and Kenneth Button

This groundbreaking book offers a critical and wide-ranging assessment of the global air transport liberalization process over the past 40 years. This compilation of world experts on air transport economics, policy, and regulation is timely and significant, considering that air transport is currently facing a series of new challenges due to technological changes, the emergence of new markets, and increased security concerns.
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Chapter 17: The need to evolve air traffic management: Europe as a laboratory

Matthias Finger, Marc Baumgartner and Engin Zeki


This chapter presents a comprehensive and systemic understanding of the challenges that ATM is facing today. In particular, we look at the case of Europe, where misaligned interests of the main actors have led to a trial-and-error approach, transforming European ATM into an interesting laboratory due to the elaborate system of Europe-wide rules and regulations. The chapter describes the history and main functions of ATM. It provides a conceptual framework that focuses on institutions and technology from a socio-technical perspective. The “European ATM laboratory” is presented along with the EC’s SES initiative. Evolution in European ATM is discussed with the identification of major technological developments. Specifically, disruptive technologies are expected to shift the paradigm of European ATM from legacy systems to modern service-oriented architectures. Experimentation with these disruptions, complemented with EU rules and regulations, may eventually lead to a way out of the SES gridlock.

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