Aviation Package welcomed; the competitiveness of Europe’s aviation sector must be improved

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By TESTCustomwebLP TESTCustomwebLP December 9, 2015 15:34

Aviation Package welcomed; the competitiveness of Europe’s aviation sector must be improved

The Aviation Package adopted by the European Commission contains a wide range of measures aimed at improving the competitiveness of the EU Aviation sector, increase connectivity of Member States, tackle airports’ capacity constraints and charges, and regulate the use of drones.

The package contains a Commission Communication, a proposal for a revision of the Aviation Safety Regulation to update the EU’s aviation safety system (including a legal framework for the safe use of drones), a set of requests to negotiate EU-level comprehensive air transport agreements with third countries (China, ASEAN countries, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Mexico and Armenia), new measures to address unfair competition from non-EU airlines, as well as an indicative action plan for coming years aimed to study and evaluate the current EU regulations and propose respective changes if it will be found necessary.

European Conservatives and Reformists Group Transport spokesman Roberts Zīle said:
“The competitive position of Europe’s aviation sector faces many challenges, both internally and externally, and therefore new well-targeted and well-considered measures are needed to improve it.

“The EU’s aviation safety system and role of the EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) should be updated in order to meet new circumstances and new technologies like drones. However, regarding the social agenda, one should remember the aviation sector attracts and provides highly-skilled and motivated professionals, and in order to continue this trend, current employment legislation on working conditions, standards and practices should be maintained, in order to ensure functioning of Single European Skies and free competition.

“As airlines operate in global competition circumstances, these new business trends and models are necessary.

“The acceleration of the implementation of the Single European Sky, through the adoption of the SES2+ package and through the full implementation and operation of Functional Airspace Blocks (FABs) is essential and will help to raise capacity, improve safety and cut costs. Although the SES was launched more than 10 years ago, it is still far from its full implementation”.

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