Ryanair welcomed the publication of the 10 recommendations from the European Commission Wise Persons Group on European Air Traffic Control reform. The initiative aims to reduce increasing delays to consumers by taking a central network management approach under Eurocontrol and implementing capacity contracts with national ATC providers.
Ryanair supports other recommendations by the European Comission Wise Persons Group such as the implementation of a digital European Sky based on an agreed roadmap that would ensure resilience of the system; or the establishment of an independent and technically competent economic regulator at a European level.
Europe suffered 19.1 million minutes of ATC delays in 2018 (+105% on 2017), of which 60% were caused by ATC staff shortages and 15% due to ATC strikes. Eurocontrol estimates delays to double again in 2019 to 38 million minutes if no action is taken. These recommendations offer some hope of ending the chaos of European ATC delays.
Ryanair calls on the European Commission and National Governments to quickly confirm a set of new regulations to implement the recommendations published today.
The Single Market in aviation is the best thing the EU has done for its citizens but aviation will go backwards unless ATC is reformed. Airlines are doing everything possible to protect their passengers from another year of record delays and cancellations due to the ATC crisis in Europe.
Ryanair’s Chief Operations Officer, Peter Bellew said: “We look forward to the European Commission immediately implementing these practical recommendations. European ATC staffing is in crisis. Consumers have suffered a 30% increase in ATC delays in the first quarter of 2019. The current ATC system in Europe is broken. Europe needs to take real control of its airspace which is split across national boundaries. The time to act is now to end the ATC crisis.”
European Commission Wise Persons Group Recommendations on European ATC Reform
A network-centric approach
Recommendation 1: Confirm and strengthen EUROCONTROL’s Network Manager (NM) role by providing it with the necessary executive powers to manage the ATM network, including by managing European capacity and infrastructure based on standardised technology, while ensuring a clear division of responsibilities between the NM and ANSPs.
Recommendation 2: Fully integrate airports into the network on the basis of linking the Network Operations Plan (NOP) and Airport Operation Plans (AOP), using extensive collaborative decision making (CDM).
Implementation of a Digital European Sky (DES)
Recommendation 3: Implement a Digital European Sky based on an agreed roadmap building on the recommendations described in the AAS, managed by the infrastructure manager, ensuring resilience of the system.
Recommendation 4: Create a new market for ATM data service providers as recommended by AAS.
Recommendation 5: Use the performance and charging scheme to support the digitalisation of air traffic services, and public funding to support deployment only where necessary from a network perspective.
Evolving role for people delivering the ATM services
Recommendation 6: Facilitate the transition towards the Digital European Sky by reviewing current licensing and training requirements for ATCOs, with full involvement of staff representatives.
Simplifying the regulatory framework
Recommendation 7: Simplify and strengthen economic regulation, while relying on a market-driven approach wherever possible.
Recommendation 8: Establish a strong, independent and technically competent economic regulator at European level.
Recommendation 9: Establish a Seamless European (Upper) Airspace System including a common route charge.
Recommendation 10: Encourage airports to procure tower services through competitive tender or contract, where operationally feasible and positively impacting users.
Las Brisas Acapulco Awarded Six Clean Point V20 Quality Seals from The Program of Good Practices For Hygienic-Sanitary Quality
After revamping health and safety protocols throughout the resort due to the global pandemic, Las Brisas Acapulco, part of the established Mexican hotel chain Grupo BRISAS, has been awarded six Point V20 quality seals from the Program of Good Practices for Hygienic-Sanitary Quality, granted by the Federal Tourism Secretariat.Αnnounced in July 2020 by the Mexican…
After revamping health and safety protocols throughout the resort due to the global pandemic, Las Brisas Acapulco, part of the established Mexican hotel chain Grupo BRISAS, has been awarded six Point V20 quality seals from the Program of Good Practices for Hygienic-Sanitary Quality, granted by the Federal Tourism Secretariat.Αnnounced in July 2020 by the Mexican Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Labor and Social Security of the Government of Mexico, the Clean Point Quality Seal V2020 aims to improve hygienic quality for all establishments within the tourism sector throughout all of Mexico, awarding good practices for hygienic-sanitary quality. This prestigious award recognizes excellence in areas including Human Resources, Sales, Rooms Division, Reception, Lobby and Pools. In order to receive these seals, Las Brisas Acapulco participated in a bimodal training of the Guerrero Punto Limpio COVID-19 Program promoted by the State Secretariat of Tourism.
Ultima Gstaad and COYA launch new partnership
This winter season, Ultima Gstaad, a 5-star Superior Hotel located in the upscale resort town of Gstaad launches a new partnership with globally renowned Peruvian restaurant group COYA, to bring the flavours, colours and energy of Latin America to the Swiss Alps. With COYA’s reputation for creating outstanding guest experiences and Ultima Gstaad’s commitment to…
This winter season, Ultima Gstaad, a 5-star Superior Hotel located in the upscale resort town of Gstaad launches a new partnership with globally renowned Peruvian restaurant group COYA, to bring the flavours, colours and energy of Latin America to the Swiss Alps. With COYA’s reputation for creating outstanding guest experiences and Ultima Gstaad’s commitment to providing unmatched standards of services for guests, this partnership is a blend of exemplary gastronomic splendour capturing the spirit of Latin America, for guests seeking authentic, trendy and immersive experiences. From Saturday, 12th December 2020, until Monday, 1st March 2021, award-winning luxury lifestyle group, COYA, will be taking over Ultima Gstaad’s Restaurant, Lobby Bar and Shisha Lounge each evening, transforming the space into a Latin American adventure. COYA will be offering their signature sharing plates inspired by traditional Peruvian cuisine and influenced by Japanese, Spanish and Chinese cooking techniques, expertly made cocktails, and a sense of true Latin American fiesta with extravagant performances, live music, and a resident DJ playing a mixture of afro house, downtempo and tribal beats. COYA’s Regional Executive Chef, Fabrizio Fossati has created special A La Carte, Taste of Lima, and Room Service menus for the pop-up. The A La Carte menu will feature COYA’s global favourite dishes such as Ceviche de Atun Chifa made with albacore tuna, sesame, soy and served with a rice cracker; Arroz Nikkei made with charcoal-grilled Chilean sea bass over rice, lime and chilli; Lomo de Res with spicy marinated beef fillet with Peruvian chilli and crispy shallots; and COYA’s much-loved Churros de Naranja, orange and lime churros served with warm dulce de leche and chocolate sauce. Ultima Gstaad guests will be among the first in the world to enjoy the Taste of Lima menu launching this winter in COYA’s Pisco Bar & Lounges globally. Each dish has been inspired by Fabrizio Fossati’s recent expedition to South America in search of new flavours, found in the streets of Lima, the original home of fusion South American cuisine. Fabrizio has taken inspiration from traditional delights such as the empanada, croqueta and tostada, and reimagined them for modern luxury dining, producing an authentic and elevated experience. Guests can expect to be blown away by the devilishly moreish Empanadas de Maiz con Pollo, Croquetas de Lubina, and Tostada de Atun.COYA’s expert bar team have created a unique cocktail menu for the pop-up, inspired by the Swiss Alps and available in Ultima’s Lobby Bar and Shisha Bar. Alongside COYA’s famed Pisco Sour, cocktails include Dolce & Banana, made with vodka, banana, hazelnut and Swiss chocolate; Mountain Range Punch, made with whisky, gingerbread spiced tea, vanilla, orange and toasted marshmallow; and a warming Hot Honey Toddy with aged rum, honey with lemon, spices, tonka bean, tea.Set to be the highlight of the year, Ultima Gstaad and COYA will be joining forces to curate an unforgettable New Year’s Eve party to bring in 2021. Starting with a champagne welcome, the celebrations will be followed by a four-course Peruvian feast with special dishes to ignite the senses. Entertainment will be provided through
Tour Specialists reveal how group tour companies are managing the pandemic
Intrepid travel specialists Undiscovered Destinations, who offer small group and private tours around the world are starting to see an upturn in enquiries for group tours in 2021/22.The pandemic and its associated restrictions have had a huge impact on the travel industry and social distancing measures means certain types of group travel are not possible.As…
Intrepid travel specialists Undiscovered Destinations, who offer small group and private tours around the world are starting to see an upturn in enquiries for group tours in 2021/22.The pandemic and its associated restrictions have had a huge impact on the travel industry and social distancing measures means certain types of group travel are not possible.As experts in small group travel Undiscovered Destinations have been fortunate in that they can still offer the small tours they specialise in, catering for groups with an average size of just six guests. At the height of the pandemic the tour operators saw an understandable decrease in bookings for group travel, however over the last month the company have seen an interest in small group travel for next year grow. Since summer, enquiries for small group tours have risen by 85%.Given the current guidance Undiscovered Destinations have been able to successfully run very small group travel options, which is something the team are already equipped and skilled in offering. They will be continuing to offer small group travel options into next year keeping in line with the ongoing local guidance at all times.Aled Evans of Undiscovered Destinations says, “Before the pandemic we already catered to offering group tours for very small group sizes, and so have been fortunate to an extent in that we already know how to offer incredible group travel experiences for small numbers. Small group travel allows for a more intimate travel experience and more time to explore each location independently and have one-on-one time with the local guides learning about the places that specifically interest each individual.We are excited to see an upturn in enquiries for small group tours in 2021 and we hope that by continuing to offer our expertise in this area in a safe and sensible manner, we can continue to offer the joy of group travel moving forward.”The travel company have implemented some key safety measures on all of their tours to ensure the safety of their customers and team. The specific measures will be crafted for each tour on an individual basis depending on the location, group size and activities included, but for every tour all guides are fully briefed on the new protocols – including how to monitor for any symptoms of the virus, what to do should any guests become unwell, and how to ensure hygiene rules are followed. The team is ensuring that local guidelines from the authorities are followed closely in all areas which they travel to.In addition to implementing safety protocols and offering small group travel, Undiscovered Destinations are also choosing to be extremely flexible with bookings allowing customers to easily rearrange any pre-existing bookings and providing a full refund where trips have been unable to run. Additionally, the itineraries en-route have also been adapted to be more flexible than ever with modifications being made locally to avoid large crowds or follow any other safety cautions.