European Commission adopts new PART TCO regulation
The European Commission has adopted a new regulation, known as PART TCO, paving the way for airlines from outside the European Union to get single EU-wide safety authorisation to fly to, from or within the EU.
The new system will avoid unnecessary duplication and lead to greater efficiencies compared to the current application process, the commission says. The authorisation confirming EU-wide compliance with safety standards will be provided by the European Aviation Safety Agency.
Foreign airlines will no longer be required to make a separate application for a safety authorisation to each EU member state they want to fly to, as is the case now.
“Safety always comes first in our aviation policy,” Siim Kallas, EU commissioner for mobility and transport, said. “These new rules will cut red tape and simplify safety authorisation procedures for foreign airlines, while at the same time ensuring they fully comply with all the necessary international safety requirements. This will make air travel to, from and within the EU safer, to the benefit of European citizens and all those that travel to the EU.”
[photo courtesy Copenhagen Airport]