Press releases

  • AEA deeply shocked by the Ataturk Airport attacks

    30 June 2016

    The Association of European Airlines expressed its deep shock at the attacks on innocent people at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. “Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, with our friends at Turkish Airlines and with the Ataturk airport community”, says AEA’s CEO Athar Husain Khan.

    Three months after the Brussels Airport attacks, the European aviation industry has once more been hit by acts of terrorism at an airport, resulting in significant loss of life. Once again the attacks took place in the ‘landside’ public part of an airport, this time at Turkey’s most important airport which serves as a global connector between Eastern and Western cultures.

    “Air transport was created to bring people together, to enhance social cohesion, prosperity and economic development”, says AEA’s CEO Athar Husain Khan. “It is outrageous that an industry that contributes so much to our overall well-being is the target of such cowardly acts.”

    Our thoughts go out to the victims and their families and friends. The Association also stands with the Ataturk Airport Community and with its member airline Turkish Airlines, which suffered the loss of several staff members. 

    Despite the shock and the challenges in the aftermath of the explosions, the air transport sector once more demonstrated its resilience by re-opening Ataturk airport in less than 24 hours.

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  • Sympathy for victims of Brussels attacks

    23 March 2016

    The AEA deplores the cowardly attacks which rocked Brussels airport and the city’s metro system yesterday morning.

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  • Once more French air traffic controllers hijack passengers and airlines

    21 March 2016

    Once again passengers and European airlines are being seriously affected by strike action by air traffic controllers(ATC) in France.

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  • AEA and Commissioner Bulc move forward on new EU Aviation Strategy

    4 March 2016

    A delegation of AEA CEOs met with EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc to discuss the Aviation Strategy for Europe.

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  • AEA member airlines increase seat capacity by 5.5 % in summer 2016

    16 February 2016

    The members of the Association of European Airlines (AEA) will offer 3. 8 % more flights and 5. 5 %  more seats in the upcoming summer season. In total 254 new routes will be launched. 

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  • Associations call on the Dutch Presidency to drive forward the EU Aviation Strategy

    20 January 2016

    Amsterdam, Wednesday 20 January 2016

    On the eve of the EU Aviation Summit, the European airspace user associations (AEA, EBAA, EEA, ELFAA, ERA and IACA *) are urging the Dutch Presidency to strengthen the European Commission’s (EC) Aviation Strategy.

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  • In 2015 AEA member airlines achieve highest rate of growth since 2011

    4 January 2016

    According to first estimates of our research team, AEA member airlines in 2015 achieved the highest rate of growth in passenger traffic since 2011, carrying more passengers with passenger load factors once again at record high levels.

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  • AEA welcomes long-waited One Stop Security agreement with Canada

    7 December 2015

    The Association of European Airlines (AEA) welcomes today’s announcement by the European Commission on the conclusion of a One Stop Security agreement with Canada.

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

    7 December 2015

    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".  

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  • European Parliament Resolution on Aviation Package a step in the right direction

    12 November 2015

    Yesterday evening, the European Parliament (EP) adopted its Resolution on the “Future Aviation Package”.

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  • Announcement made by the AEA Presidents during the Assembly 2015

    19 October 2015

    During its Assembly and Leadership Summit that took place today in Antwerp, the Presidents of the AEA member airlines discussed the current evolution in Europe’s aviation associations’ landscape. 

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  • AEA supports open letter urging governments to deliver on aviation industry’s climate goals

    1 October 2015

    The Association of European Airlines (AEA) endorses an open letter sent to government by  a group of 28 aviation industry chief executive officers and association leaders, underlining their commitment to climate action and calling for a joint approach to help deliver maximum CO2 emissions reduction in the aviation sector.

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  • AEA engages with Members of European Parliament on the forthcoming Aviation Package

    23 September 2015

    For the fifth consecutive year, the Association of European Airlines (AEA) held its annual networking event in the European Parliament yesterday. The event was kindly hosted by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Gesine Meissner (ALDE), Wim van de Camp (EPP), Ismail Ertug (S&D) and Jacqueline Foster (ECR).

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  • AEA comments on European Parliament latest view on crucial aviation topics

    9 September 2015

    Today, the European Parliament adopted a Resolution on the “Implementation of the 2011 White paper on transport: taking stock and the way forward towards sustainable mobility”.

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  • AEA pays tribute to Karl-Heinz Neumeister, former Secretary General of AEA

    23 July 2015

    It is with sadness that the Association of European Airlines announces the passing, on July 21st, of its former Secretary General, Karl-Heinz Neumeister.

    Mr Neumeister joined AEA from a senior post in Lufthansa in 1983 and headed the Association until 2002. During his period of office, the European airline industry was totally transformed, from a highly regulated structure of nationally-owned and protected ‘flag carriers’, to today’s ultra-competitive market within the EU and around the world.

    During the period of transition in Europe, Neumeister’s AEA was heavily involved in advising the policy-makers and instrumental in shaping the liberalisation process. The Association, too, was undergoing  fundamental change, as its focus shifted from information and research to a much more political role, as the interface between its members and their new European regulators.

    Karl-Heinz Neumeister, both personally and through the organisation which he fashioned and led for 19 years, will be remembered as a significant contributor to the development of the European airline sector.

  • AEA’s cargo leaders call for a competitive European air cargo industry

    1 July 2015

    Today, airline executives representing the cargo activity of the members of the Association of European Airlines (AEA) met with key MEPs, Commission Directors and Transport Attachés in the European Parliament to discuss the elements needed to ensure a more competitive European air cargo industry.  

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  • AEA is calling on regulators for the urgent need to adopt a new air passenger rights regulation

    10 June 2015

    In 2013 the European Commission proposed the revision of the current Regulation 261/2004. Since then the European Parliament has formulated its position, however, progress in the Council has been delayed. The EU Transport Ministers will discuss and conclude the work of the Latvian Presidency at their meeting on 11 June. 

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  • AEA presents prerequisites for a competitive European airline industry

    9 June 2015

    In the framework of the upcoming consultation and discussions about a new EU aviation policy, the Association of European Airlines (AEA) has published a report which contains a wide variety of proposals to improve the sustainable development and competitiveness of European airlines. The report was submitted to the EU Commission today. 

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  • AEA welcomes the European Commission’s efforts to ensure Better Regulation

    20 May 2015

    The Association of European Airlines (AEA) welcomes the Commission’s Better Regulation Package. 

    “The way in which we are regulated in Europe has major implications for our global competitiveness. European airlines are in need of a comprehensive and cohesive policy for European air transport which takes into account the specificities of our business and our markets, and which does not burden us with rules that aim to solve one problem but end up creating others”, says AEA’s CEO Athar Husain Khan. 

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  • AEA member airlines offer 7.6 million more seats this summer

    6 March 2015

    During the summer season that starts at the end of March and will run until the end of October, the member airlines of the Association of European Airlines (AEA) will increase their seat offer by   2.2 %. They will add 4.8 million seats on the intra-European market and  2.8 million seats to destinations beyond Europe.

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  • AEA: European airlines achieved record load factor of 81 % in 2014

    5 January 2015

    According to initial estimates, AEA member airlines achieved a record load factor of nearly 81% in 2014.

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  • AEA member airlines to fly 1 million passengers a day over Christmas and New Year period

    17 December 2014

    During the upcoming Festive season, AEA member airlines will fly more than 1 million passengers per day. This is 3 pct. more than last year. The seat occupancy factor is set to increase and will reach an average of over 80 %. 

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  • AEA: European Commission creates new momentum with announcement of Aviation Package

    16 December 2014

    The Association of European Airlines (AEA) welcomes the Commission’s announcement of an Aviation package as part of its Work Programme 2015. The package will include a Communication identifying challenges and measures for improving the competitiveness of the EU Aviation sector and the revision of the EASA basic regulation. 

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  • European airline associations call on EU to reject air traffic control price hike proposal

    12 December 2014

    Germany has determined a 16.6 per cent increase in its charges to airlines for air traffic control services from 1 January 2015. This proposed outrageous price hike, at almost 40 times the rate of the Euro area inflation1, is not acceptable to the airspace users’ community and is completely at odds with the objective of the European Union performance scheme which aims to regulate and control the price increases of air traffic control providers and the entire Single European Sky. 

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  • Single European Sky: "Time to walk the talk"

    6 November 2014

    On the eve of the EU Transport Ministers’ Rome Conference on the much needed Single European Sky, AEA urges Europe’s national governments to strive to achieve the best outcome for the environment and consumers in Europe instead of persisting in national politics. EU Member States urgently need to show more drive.” 

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  • AEA appoints Mildred Trögeler as General Manager Technical & Operations

    3 November 2014

    The Association of European Airlines today announced that Mildred Trögeler has been appointed to the post of General Manager Technical & Operations. Mildred takes over from Vincent De Vroey who is moving to the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) as Director of Civil Aviation. 

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  • AEA’s Aviation Leadership Summit: Back to the future

    17 October 2014

    Today, the Association of European Airlines is organising its second Aviation Leadership Summit, which takes place in Istanbul this year. 

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  • AEA calls for a new dialogue during meeting with Members of European Parliament

    25 September 2014

    For the fourth consecutive year, the Association of European Airlines (AEA) held a networking event in the European Parliament on September 24th. The event was hosted by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Gesine Meissner, Wim van de Camp and Ismail Ertug and attended by several other MEPs, Parliamentary Assistants and CEOs of AEA member airlines. Together they discussed key European aviation topics such as consumer rights, airport capacity, the urgent need for a Single European Sky, safety and security and the role of Europe’s airlines in a globalising world. 

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  • AEA launches new website

    24 September 2014

    After launching a twitter news channel and a new logo and branding last year, the Association of European Airlines introduced its new website today. The site, which can be found at www.aea.be, contains several new features and is more than ever a rich source of information about the Association, the performance of its members, its key figures, activities and positions. The new site is based on the latest web technology, is visually pleasing,  easy to navigate, and responsive to all devices (computers, tablets, smartphones, …). 

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  • European airlines registered a 3.3 % growth in passenger numbers in first half of 2014

    1 September 2014

    During the first six months of the year, the members of the Association of European Airlines (AEA) registered a 3.3% growth in the number of passengers transported. Compared to the first half of 2013, an additional 5.6 million passengers were welcomed.  The positive figures reflect buoyancy in demand for air travel in Europe and beyond.

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  • Debate on airspace security guidance for airlines urgently needed

    24 July 2014

    The Association of European Airlines (AEA) calls for an urgent international debate about airspace security guidance for airlines. The downing of Malaysian Airlines’ flight MH17, which AEA strongly condemns, and recent flight cancellations to Tel Aviv have demonstrated that a discussion is needed about how risk assessments are made by national authorities. 

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  • Passengers and airlines once again hijacked by unacceptable ATC strikes

    25 June 2014

    Once again passengers and European airlines are seriously affected by strike action by Air Traffic Controllers and Air Traffic Management.  The Association of European Airlines (AEA) strongly condemns this unjustified industrial action which holds the entire industry to ransom during one of the busiest passenger traffic weeks of the year.

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  • Unacceptable cost increase plans would make Germany the most expensive airspace in Europe

    6 June 2014

    On June 5th Germany announced that the German Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) intends to increase its user charges by a staggering 300 million EUR annually as of 2015.

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  • Airline associations call for improvements in the area of airport charges

    19 May 2014

    Today, the European Commission published its report on the implementation of the Airport Charges Directive. The Commission rightly acknowledges some of the weaknesses in the current Directive, the problems associated with its transposition into national law and, ultimately, its implementation at local level.

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  • Air transport partners welcome latest developments in EU rules

    16 April 2014

    Today, the European Parliament adopted a new regulation on the establishment of rules and procedures with regard to the introduction of noise-related operating restrictions at European airports. Airlines and airports welcomed the clarification and harmonisation of the methodology which will need to be followed prior to the introduction of any new noise mitigating measures.

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  • AEA Airlines offer 10 million more seats this summer

    7 April 2014

    During the summer season that started this month and lasts till the end of October, the member airlines of the Association of European Airlines will offer 5.5 million additional seats on intra-European flight s and an extra 4.5 million seats on their intercontinental services.  Based on AEA research, the largest expansion areas are Eastern Europe and Central / South America.

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  • European Parliament opts for realistic approach on aviation ETS

    3 April 2014

    At midday today, the Plenary of the European Parliament (EP) decided on the way forward on the scope of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) for aviation:  only flights operated within the European Economic Area will be covered in the calendar years 2013 up to and including 2016.

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  • AEA condemns the European Parliament Environment Committee’s rejection of the deal on aviation ETS

    19 March 2014

    This afternoon, the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee of the European Parliament (EP) rejected the provisional trilogue agreement on how to amend the scope of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) for aviation. The deal was reached on 04 March after intense negotiations between the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission. This file will now be put to a vote at the EP’s Plenary session in April.

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  • One more step towards the Single European Sky

    12 March 2014

    Today, 12th March, the European Parliament in full session adopted the report of its Transport and Tourism Committee, drafted by Rapporteur Marian-Jean Marinescu MEP, on the Single European Sky II+ programme to defragment European airspace.

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  • Trilogue outcome on aviation ETS paves the way for ICAO solution

    5 March 2014

    Yesterday evening, during their ‘Trilogue’ meeting, the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission reached a provisional agreement on how to amend the scope of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) for aviation:  only flights operated within the European Economic Area will be covered in the calendar years 2013 up to and including 2016.

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  • New guidelines on State Aid fall short of desired objectives

    24 February 2014

    The Association of European Airlines warns that the new guidelines on State Aid for airports and airlines, announced by the European Commission last week, open the door to misuse of public resources. It is unacceptable that unprofitable airports can whitewash their past and continue to benefit from public funding for a period of no less than 10 years. This will further lead to unacceptable market distortion.

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  • AEA calls on the European Parliament to take a realistic approach on Air Passenger Rights

    4 February 2014

    Tomorrow, Wednesday 5th February, the European Parliament will vote on a Committee report dealing with a revision to the existing EU legislation on Air Passenger Rights. AEA urges the Parliament to have a realistic approach, in particular related to delay compensation points, extraordinary circumstances and multi-sector flights.

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  • AEA regrets that the European Parliament’s Environment Committee favours airspace model for aviation

    30 January 2014

    Today, the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament (EP) adopted its report on the proposal of the European Commission to amend the scope of the aviation ETS.

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  • AEA calls on members of the European Parliament to follow the vote of their transport colleagues

    21 January 2014

    Today, the Transport and Tourism Committee of the European Parliament (TRAN) voted with a large majority in favour of a reasonable compromise on the aviation Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). AEA now counts on the Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) and especially the lead Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) to follow the position of their TRAN colleagues.

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  • AEA Airlines: 5.6 Million additional passengers in 2013

    17 January 2014

    The Association of European Airlines’ members boarded 5.5 million more passenger in 2013 compared to the previous year, an increase of 1.6%. Coupled with record load factors, this is an encouraging result in an economic climate that remains stubbornly downbeat. Nonetheless, preliminary data point to another year of poor revenue yield development, creating another hurdle to be surmounted in the long-awaited recovery in the industry’s bottom line.

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  • Less Regulatory Turbulence in 2014

    16 January 2014

    The New Year brings with it some signs of recovery for a bruised and battered European network airline sector, accompanied by important changes for its representative body, the Association of European Airlines.

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