Project aim and outline:
There has been anecdotal evidence that differences in airspace charging
regimes influence airlines’ preferred routes and flight plans through European
airspace. Routing aircraft over longer distances in order to reduce direct
operating costs has a range of fuel burn and greenhouse gas emission
consequences that have yet to be adequately quantified.
The aim of this project is to study the environmental costs of different
airspace charging regimes in Europe to ascertain whether the level of route
charges that are levied for performing a flight affects the route that is flown
between specific origin/destination pairs. Through a strategic assessment of a
sample of airline flight plans and discussion with stakeholders, the study
investigates the drivers of these apparently inefficient flight plans, quantifies
the proportion of European routes that are affected (and the additional
distances that are travelled) and identifies the greenhouse gas emission
(focussing on carbon dioxide) implications of the observed behaviours.
This report is also available at: http://www.omega.mmu.ac.uk/Events/OMEGA%2039%20Charging%20study%20final%20report%20RMG%20rev.pdf
This work was funded by the Omega consortium (www.omega.mmu.ac.uk).