Mobility of goods and people is a basic need of the European Society in the age of sustainable growth and globalisation of the World economy. The Vision 2020 describes Air Transport and Aeronautics as 'Key Assets for the Future of Europe' and quantifies ambitious goals to meet society's needs and to win global leadership. It calls for an air transport system able to cope with a tripled air traffic demand with fivefold safety, halved cost, a 99% punctuality and limited environmental impact in 17 years from now.
The European way to reach these goals is outlined by the EUROCONTROL EATMP Programme (i.e. Airport Operations) and ATM2000+ Strategy as well as the ACARE SRA work. They identify airports as the future bottlenecks of air transport and see mid-term solutions in: '...enhanced operational concepts, supported by new decision-making or decision-support tools to ensure more efficient use of the airport infrastructure...'. They say 'A-SMGCS are seen as key R&D topics' (ACARE). Holistic approaches like A-SMGCS
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