Eurocontrol has approved route changes aimed at reducing congestion that are expected to take effect in March.European Route Changes Ready For 2009 (Aviation Daily)

( EUREKA ) French and Portuguese partners, working together in the EUREKA-funded SAFEDRIVE project, have developed an important new satellite navigation-based system for managing airport ground traffic.SAFEDRIVE delivers safety and efficiency on airport runways (EurekAlert!)

The global economic downturn heightens the challenges to shifting to a satellite-based ATC system, top officials from US FAA and Eurocontrol said yesterday in Washington.EC, US officials warn of SESAR, NextGen challenges (Air Transport World)

Links (EUActiv)“In tandem with airlines, airports are also being hit, as fewer passengers translates into declining revenues and their capital intensive nature exposes them to the current paralysis in financial markets,” said Olivier Jankovec, director general of Airports Council International (ACI EUROPE), commenting on the latest air traffic report.