Consumers of goods and services have a right to expect to get what they pay for and to be protected against unscrupulous traders and questionable business practices. In this respect, air transport should be no different from other commercial activities. Passengers – and airlines – deserve a better and clearer legislative package than the existing one. As the regulatory process continues over the coming months (and years?), legislators are urged to bear in mind the need for “smart regulation”, tailored to the realities of scheduled airline operations – including extraordinary events as yet unforeseen – that avoids unintended consequences and safeguards the competitive position of European airlines as well as the rights of European consumers.

AEA supports the revision of the existing Regulation in order to establish a fair, clear and stable framework for air passenger rights for both airlines and our passengers. Uniform enforcement and interpretation of the new regulation across European countries is therefore essential (e.g. extraordinary circumstances).


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