PRIORITIES / POLICY

AEA: Promoting aviation's crucial role in Europe's future

Aviation is a key pillar of Europe’s competitiveness. Airlines carry about 40% – by value – of the Europe’s exports and imports and transport 366m passengers per year in and out of Europe. They provide access to global markets for European business, secure 4.2 million jobs in Europe, and promote tourism across the globe, whilst AEA member airlines alone employ 390,000 people.

The enlargement of the European Union could not have happened without aviation. Of the ten countries which acceded in 2004, two are island States, the others are on average 19 hours’ surface-travel time from Brussels. The two more recent additions are a day’s drive from the political institutions, and 32 hours by train. What is true of links to the centre is even more true of links within and between the regions.

Transport guarantees that goods and services are available at our fingertips. Not only are Europe’s major centres connected directly with all parts of the world, but through their hub airports that access is extended to virtually every city in Europe. This is what network airlines do, they do it extraordinarily efficiently, and since their networks compete with each other they offer the customer a choice, keeping prices low and service quality high.

AEA members aim at ensuring that aviation priority projects are at the heart of the political agenda by promoting constant dialogue with all EU stakeholders

AEA intesifies the dialogue with members of the European Parliament, of the European Commission and of the Council of the Ministers. Several additional agencies such as EASA, SESAR and EUROCONTROL have been established to monitor and implement key provisions of the regulatory framework.