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Euro bureau. (infrastructure investment lacking in European air transportation) (Column)

In his outgoing speech as president of the European Regional Airlines Assn., Ton Leyer said if the industry in Europe has to be compared with a film in 1994, it must be "The Flintstones," with many of its problems caused by officials "living in the Stone Age." Leyer, who retired recently from KLM CityHopper, underlined that air transport still is being constrained by the lack of investment in infrastructure and congestion at airports, and problems associated with provision of air-traffic services continue to limit the development of regional services.

This is contrary to the level of investment that continues to be made by the EU in high-speed rail networks, which ERA has criticized sharply. …

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