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07 December 2015

 

 

EC`s Aviation Strategy: Europe`s airspace users` associations call for more concrete measures

The European airspace user associations (AEA, EBAA, EEA, ELFAA, ERA and IACA *) welcome the European Commission's initiative to develop and implement an "Aviation Strategy for Europe".  

The associations contributed to this exercise by responding to the public consultation, drafting position papers and holding face-to-face meetings with EU regulators, in the expectation that the strategy would address the challenges that the EU's aviation sector is currently facing.

The long-awaited strategy, which was presented earlier today, is the result of a year's work by the Commission. To its credit, the Commission openly acknowledges that aviation is a key driver of economic growth, jobs, trade mobility and connectivity. However, the strategy lacks ambition and does not propose adequate measures to bolster the competitiveness of air operators - a vital sector in Europe.

In a joint reaction to the strategy, the associations welcome the deserved focus on the indispensable contribution of aviation to Europe's economy and mobility but stress that there is an urgent need for the Commission to now propose more specific and far-reaching remedies. “While the strategy review correctly identifies some of the significant challenges that Europe's aviation sector is currently facing in terms of the cost and provision of infrastructure (both on the ground and in the air), the integrity of the market, inefficiencies in the value chain and a burdensome regulatory framework (e.g. national and local aviation taxes, the intra-EU ETS), it stops short of proposing concrete measures to address these.”

The associations will further engage with the Commission and the European decision makers to request immediate actions.  The European air operators’ associations AEA, EBAA, EEA, ELFAA, ERA and IACA unanimously conclude that "addressing these issues is of crucial importance in order to ensure that aviation becomes a priority sector in Europe. The associations and their members stand ready to assist with the urgently required follow-up work."

Note to Editors:

For more information, reactions or interviews you can contact the Communication Departments of the different Associations

*:  AEA (Association of European Airlines), EBAA (European Business Aviation Association), EEA (European Express Association) ELFAA (European Low Fares Airline Association), ERA (European Regions Airline Association), IACA (International Air Carrier Association)

For more information, please contact:

Geert Sciot

General Manager Communications
Association of European Airlines
Avenue Louise 350, B-1050 Brussels
www.aea.be

Tel. : +32 (0)2 639.89.76
Mob.: +32 (0) 491373259
E-mail: geert.sciot@aea.be

ABOUT AEA: The Association of European Airlines (AEA) brings together 24 European established scheduled network carriers. These collectively carry nearly 300 million passengers and 4.5 million tonnes of cargo each year, operating 1,900 aircraft serving 530 destinations in 140 countries with 8,400 flights a day. They provide around 285,000 jobs directly, and generate a total turnover of €75 billion.

 

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