Published on : Thursday, June 9, 2016
The Association of European Airlines applauds the outcome of the Transport Council meeting of 7 June to authorise the European Commission to negotiate comprehensive air transport agreements with key aviation partners like the ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations), Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
The European aviation industry plays a vital role in the European economy, by promoting trade and tourism and acting as a vehicle for employment and growth. European aviation policy should reflect this and therefore have as an objective to preserve and enhance the competitiveness of European airlines. Their most powerful global competitors benefit from such comprehensive transport policies within their national administrations.
AEA airlines are committed to an open market for aviation where all actors are able to compete on a fair and equal basis. AEA believes that a highly ambitious EU external aviation policy strengthening the critical role of EU airlines in the connectivity of Europe with the world urgently needs to be defined and implemented in close cooperation between the Commission, the Member States and the industry.
‘AEA has been actively contributing to the work of the European Commission and will remain committed to promoting the European airlines’ position during the negotiations – said Athar Husain Khan, CEO of AEA. ‘We do hope that the negotiations will be concluded in a swift and efficient way and the end-result will be mutually beneficial for Europe and the key aviation partners. AEA also urges the forthcoming Slovak Presidency to continue the discussions on the EU’s external aviation policy and to grant additional negotiating mandates with Mexico, the other Gulf countries and Armenia’.