The European Union will unveil today details of an ambitious plan for a €19.1bn air-traffic management system to cope with an expected doubling in the number of flights over the next 15 years.

Dubbed “Sesame”, the plan aims to make flights safer, less polluting and easier for air traffic controllers to monitor.

European air routes would gradually be reorganised over the next 15 years so that airspace and traffic flows were managed through state-of-the-art technologies, EU spokesman Stefaan Rynck said.

Europe’s aviation industry has long complained that, in an age of broadband communications, air-traffic management still relies on technologies that can be 50 years old, while traffic has more than doubled since then.

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