Eurocontrol has revised downwards its Draft Traffic Scenarios up to February 2021.
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Under Eurocontrol's new 'Current Status Scenario', the total number of flights expected in Europe is anticipated to be 55% lower than in 2019, a drop of six million fewer flights, or a further one million reduction in European flights than previously anticipated.
Eamonn Brennan, Director General Eurocontrol said: “We’re going backwards now and it’s really worrying for the entire industry.
"There’s a lack of coordination between States on how to manage air travel despite good guidance from EASA and ECDC; there’s a lot of confusion and very little passenger confidence; and of course outbreaks of COVID-19 are picking up across Europe.
"Our new Current Status Scenario could improve if there was more coordination between States on how best to handle air travel through harmonised testing and common epidemiological assessment criteria. That would give more predictability for passengers, airports and airlines. At the same time, it could get even worse if States continue to impose blanket restrictions and quarantine measures – this approach is killing the travel and tourism industry.
"We welcome the European Commission proposals for harmonisation and encourage all parties to adopt them.”