P.M. BRIEFING : Single Air Control Sought in Europe

From Times wire services

The Assn. of European Airlines said today it will study the costs and savings of a single air traffic control system for Western Europe.

The 21-airline group said such a consolidation might help reduce delays and it called upon the European Economic Community for help. "There is no other chance for leadership. Someone has to take the lead," AEA Secretary General Karl-Heinz Neumeister said.

He said 19% of all medium and long-haul flights in Europe were delayed more than 15 minutes last year, up from 15% in 1987 and 12.5% in 1986.

Neumeister said 70% of those delays are due to Europe's fragmented air traffic control operations and 29% to airline operations.

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