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2nd anniversary of EU Aviation Strategy: A4E calls on policy-makers to continue to deliver

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A4E welcomes European Commission’s efforts to enhance airspace efficiency and connectivity / Revision of Airport Charges Directive remains most urgent issue to protect passengers from unjustified and non-transparent charges

Two years in the EU’s Aviation Strategy, A4E calls on policymakers and stakeholders to continue delivering for the future of aviation in Europe. The achievements and benefits of 25 years of the single market can be furthered through bold policies that would ensure the continuous, clean, safe and competitive mobility of all travellers in Europe.

“In 2017 we have seen good progress with the presentation of the European Commission’s ‘Open and Connected Aviation’ Communication in an effort to enhance airspace efficiency and connectivity. The Commission rightly encourages Member States and stakeholders, including social partners, to take action to improve service continuity in air traffic management which are an important step towards protecting European passengers and the single market in case of ATC strikes,” said Thomas Reynaert, A4E’s Managing Director.

“But, some worrying trends require particular attention to ensure that unjustified burdens on airlines and their passengers are removed. Therefore, we welcome the launch of the European Commission’s inception paper for the impact assessment on the EU Airport Charges Directive – we believe that market power abuse of airports needs to be tackled by an economic regulation which sets common principles across the EU for the levying of airport charges,” added Reynaert.

The right balance needs to be found to ensure that the mobility of travellers in Europe is not unnecessarily hindered by artificially determined levies. Short term monetary revenues from aviation taxes pale in comparison to the far-reaching benefits the abolition of taxes

would bring. Just recently, a new PwC study revealed that abolishing all aviation taxes would trigger a GDP increase of €10.5 billion in 2018, and a €215 billion cumulative GDP increase in the EEA by 2030. An additional 110,000 new jobs would be created over the next 12 years. Member States must not wait any longer to do the right thing for aviation and tourism in Europe.

A4E calls on policy makers to fully grasp the challenges facing aviation and to act swiftly to deliver on the Aviation Strategy’s priorities of improving efficiency and connectivity, and shifting to a risk and performance based mindset. Airlines are committed to work with all stakeholders for the benefit of consumers and the sector as a whole.

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