An inconvenient truth: “green aviation taxes” are not a silver bullet

by Thomas Biering, Policy Director, A4E

The liberalisation of the EU’s aviation market in the 1990s unleashed intense competition between European airlines which has lowered fares and increased choice. Flying is now for the many, not the few.

The democratisation of air travel in Europe is a major success story that has created economic and social benefits, allowing people to travel freely, visit friends and family abroad, experience new places and cultures and pursue business opportunities. Aviation has facilitated and supported the cross-border ties that are a hallmark of the 21st century, connecting people and ideas.

Demand for air travel is expected to continue to grow in the ...
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Rudolph’s Big-winged Helpers: How Air Cargo Supports the Holidays

By Guillaume Xavier-Bender, Policy Director, Airlines 4 Europe (A4E)
It is not a myth. Nor a legend. Or a tall tale told to children to keep them wondering and amazed: Presents do fly around the world for Christmas. Yet Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph aren’t the only ones soaring tirelessly through the skies pulling their bottomless sleigh. Like Santa, they too have helpers who make sure that the gifts and delights wished for the holidays arrive on time, and intact. These helpers are air cargo carriers. Their sleighs range from full freighters, such as Boeing’s 747-8F or Airbus’ A330-220F, to the bellies of regular passenger aircraft ...
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Targeted regulation of Europe’s monopoly airports is possible and practical. Here’s why it matters.

by Thomas Biering, Policy Director, A4E

It is no secret that A4E has been doggedly campaigning for economic regulation of monopoly airports for several years now.

Why is this so important?

Because our experience -- and the initial findings from the European Commission’s review of the Airport Charges Directive (ACD) -- shows that some European airports misuse their dominant position, first and foremost in the form of setting excessive airport charges (fees that airlines pay to use airport infrastructure and/or related services).

Thanks to intense competition between airlines, air travel within Europe has never been more accessible or affordable than it is today. Nevertheless, monopoly airports levying excessive ...
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20 years’ worth of flight delays in just one summer. Time is of the essence: We need a Seamless (Single) European Sky, now!

by Achim Baumann, Policy Director, A4E

At the beginning of this year, A4E called on Member States and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) to take urgent measures to ensure this summer’s peak travel season would be a smooth one for EU passengers. Fast forward to September, and here are the results*:

  • June 2018 vs June 2017 en-route delays: +150,2%
  • July 2018 vs July 2017 en-route delays: +102,4%
  • August 2018 vs August 2017 en-route delays: +102,1%

The main reasons for this shocking increase in delays: 1) A lack of capacity provided by ANSPs, and 2) an overall shortage among Air Traffic Control staff (ATCOs), ...
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