Ensure conditions for fair competition: a level playing field
European airlines pariticipate in a global marketplace alongside competitors from around the world, some with distinct business models, some with very different regulatrory regimes. Their ability to maintain the quality of services by which they are defined could be threatened by competitive distortions. Equally, within Europe, there is competition between airline business models and between airlines and other modes of transport; competition which is by no means fair and free of distortion.
AEA calls upon European governments to effectively dissuade non-EU governments from pursuing discriminatory policies which distort competition amongst international airlines.
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.Read More