Here's a translation from the Dutch article
"Flying like geese do, not like drunken ducks, would really help lowering CO2 emission from airplanes. That's what KLM executive PH stated when the IATA-environmental-stand at Schiphol was launched on Tuesday. "everything we can learn from the animals, should be taken seriously", H said.
It would help if planes would fly in V shaped formations like geese. By using each other's slipstream, they could save on fuel. Also if planes would not have to fly in strange curves because they pass over a different country. Therefor we need one European airspace, and that's something the airlines cannot achieve. Governments will have to do that.
"Why do we have a Schengen treaty, if it stops at 1 meter above the ground?", H. was wondering. "In 1960 we started Eurocontrol in order to get one European airspace"
But reality still is today that there still are 38 air controll centers in Europe. "If we could fly from Amsterdam to Nice in a straight line, the journey would be 10% shorter, we would save 600.000 kilo on fuel, and 1.8 million kilo on CO2.
In the afternoon the airlines called upon the European governments to do whatever they can, because the airlines feel that they do all they can already. The need for action is there, more than ever, in times of high fuel prices, economical crisis and social pressure to put higher taxes on air traveling.
The airline sector of course condamned the high taxes (esp. the dutch vliegtaks -flying taxes) that governmennts put on the sector. HG, president of Barin, the organisation for Dutch airline tarnspotation, promised they would go to surpreme court against 'vliegtaks'.