Home / Our Analyses / In aviation growth vs security debate, MEPS go for green growth

In aviation growth vs security debate, MEPS go for green growth

By PATRICK STEPHENSON , BRUSSELS – According to the European Parliament, the European aeronautics sector will need 40,000 new planes during the next 20 years to accommodate its steady growth. Indeed, European air traffic continues to rise: according to SESAR, the EU-sponsored Single European Sky entity, EU airports will see 14.4 million flights and 1.4 billion passengers a year by 2035 – up 40 percent and 100 percent, respectively, from 2012. But as the terrorist attacks in Brussels’s Zaventem airport in March 2016 showed, it remains an open question how…

This content is for members only.
Log In Create an account

Check Also

Impact of EU’s forthcoming defence fund riddled with unknowns

By BROOKS TIGNER , BRUSSELS – The rhetoric of EU and national leaders kow-tows incessantly to the vitality and importance of SMEs – small and medium sized enterprises – for Europe’s economic innovation and job-creating potential. Yet successful innovative SMEs in the EU that soar to become giants on the world stage are few and far between. There are a couple of Skype-type exceptions, but too many of Europe’s “garage” inventors who have a good idea, particularly in the digital field, head for the greener pastures of the USA where bureaucratic obstacles are lower, returns higher and venture capitalists more willing to take risks than their European counterparts. This points directly to the EU’s forthcoming European Defence Fund (EDF) and how it will generate high-tech results within the framework of PESCO, the permanent structured cooperation in defence that 23 EU member states (and counting) will set in motion in 2018. Such projects will necessarily have to draw in dual-use innovations from the commercial realm. A critical acid test for the defence fund will be to what extent it enables SMEs with interesting dual-use products in one PESCO country to...