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Aerial gridlock in Europe? IATA-sponsored study calls for restructuring of the air-traffic system under threat of 'severe constraints' by 1995. (International Air Transport Association)

IATA-sponsored study calls for restructuring of the air-traffic system under threat of 'severe constraints' by 1995. By Arthur Reed.

Geneva--Despite current efforts to improve flow management, the European air-traffic system (ATS) will be unable to cope with increases in travel after 1995, according to a study conducted for IATA by SRI International of the U.S. Too little capacity will exist to accommodate growth, the study said.

SRI also suggested that without capacity enhancements, travel through at least 10 major European airports will be seriously constrained by insufficient capacity between 1995 and 2000. "By the year 2000, annual losses to national economies due to constrained growth will be almost $10 billion. Significant additional, unquantifiable losses to businesses and consumers will arise as distribution costs increase and air travel becomes unaffordable to increasing percentages of the population," it added.

The survey suggested that without enhancements, the majority of 27 key European airports will be unable to accomodate traffic demand by 2000. …

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