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IATA eyes Polish aviation improvements

By control on May 17, 2012

Tony Tyler, director general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association, has implored Poland’s government to speed up the implementation of pro-aviation policies. He also recently revealed that IATA is collaborating with the Polish government on two key objections: managing air-traffic control costs and lowering fuel prices.

Fortunately, Tyler said, Polish officials have made significant strides toward lower fuel prices. The Polish Airports Authority has agreed to change how fuel is supplied in Warsaw — a notable development, Tyler explained, as jet fuel at Warsaw Chopin Airport is among the costliest in Europe, due to a monopolistic supplier. The lack of cost transparency concerning fuel facilities and services is another problem, according to a press release.

Last month, another supplier entered to the Polish jet fuel market, however. “Now we need to ensure that the new supplier can start doing business quickly and with supply capacity that will make it a credible competitor,” Tyler said in a statement.

Tyler also called upon the Polish government to manage air navigation costs. Although the government slashed terminal navigation charges by a whopping 32 percent this year, as well as reducing en routes air navigation costs by 0.2 percent, these numbers are somewhat misleading. “These reductions are mainly the result of a significant reallocation of costs from the terminal navigation charges to the en route cost base, assisted by a traffic forecast significantly higher than the European average,” according to the press release.

The cost-reallocation has actually caused the Polish en route cost base to increase at three times the European average, according to the press release. “And the Polish Air Navigation Service National Performance Plan for a 6.7-percent cost efficiency improvement in the 2012 to 2014 period falls short of the [European Commission] target of a 10.1-percent improvement for the period,” according to the press release.

Tyler believes these challenges must be overcome. Since airlines are tasked with reducing costs and increasing efficiency, they look to air traffic controllers and their regulators to ensure air navigation is provided as economically as possible, Tyler explained. After all, he said, “We are all in this together.”

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