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  • Industry operational experts largely ignored by MEPs in amended safety regulation.

  • Changes approved today will only increase bureaucracy and costs to passengers without any improvement in safety standards.

Members of the European Parliament (MEP) have voted today to increase bureaucracy and costs to passengers through the amendments introduced to the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) Basic Regulation.

“It is really disappointing that MEPs have largely ignored the expertise of the airline industry and have voted to support red tape and higher costs to passengers. The amendments approved today will not improve safety standards in any way but will increase the bill paid by passengers to fund bureaucracy”, said Thomas Reynaert, Managing Director of A4E.

“The rejection of the Commission’s proposal to streamline the airplane leasing approval process in case of unforeseen circumstances will hamper airlines’ ability to provide fast and effective assistance to customers when there are disruptions. We are doing our best to address our passengers’ needs, while MEPs are simply reject lifting unnecessary administrative burdens”, he added.   

Other areas of concern for A4E include the non-transparent transfer of air navigation charges to fund EASA and additional certification obligations related to ground handling and cabin crew, both of which will create an extra-level of bureaucracy and lead to additional costs to customers.

“Safety is our primary objective and we will continue to engage fully during the next stage of the legislative process. It is however imperative that our extensive operational experience and expertise is taken into consideration to improve safety standards and passengers are not asked to bear the costs”, concluded Reynaert.

About A4E:

Airlines for Europe (A4E) is Europe’s new and largest airline association, based in Brussels. Launched in January 2016, the association consists of Aegean, airBaltic, Air France KLM, easyJet, Finnair, Icelandair, International Airlines Group (IAG), Jet2.com, Lufthansa Group, Norwegian, Ryanair, TAP Portugal and Volotea, and plans to grow further. With more than 550 million passengers on board each year, A4E members account for more than 70 per cent of the continent’s  journeys, operating more than 2,700 airplanes and generating more than EUR 100 billion in annual turnover.