Figures from the European Commission have confirmed only 13 per cent of Brits are aware of the 112 emergency telephone number used on the continent. The number works in every member state, alongside the various national numbers like the 999, used in the UK.
Amadeus has announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Commission to participate in the “Low Season Tourism” initiative aimed at increasing the travel flow between Europe and other territories. The pilot project will be launched with South America and is expected to be extended to other regions in the future.
The European Commission has announced plans to relax the 100ml limit on carrying liquids, with the view to a full lifting of restrictions by 2013. The liquids ban was introduced in August 2006 after terrorists were thwarted from trying to smuggle the liquid ingredient for a bomb onto an aircraft and mixing them during the flight.
KLM has reignited the debate about EU airline compensation rules, following its decision to reimburse only 24 hours worth of hotel and meal expenses to passengers caught up in the volcanic ash cloud.
Boat passengers in the European Union are to see their rights enhanced in the event of delay or cancellation to their journey following a decision by the European Parliament. Under the terms of new legislation, traveller rights are to be brought closer to those of aviation passengers.
Air Iran has seen its operations in European airspace curtailed as the European Union publishes the latest blacklist. In the same announcement Blue Wing Airlines from Surinam was banned from European airspace, bringing the total number of prohibited carriers to 282.
The European Commission has proposed the addition of Taiwan to the list of countries whose citizens can visit without a visa. Exemptions are presently made for Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong or South Korea, with passport holders allowed to visit EU member states for up to 90 days.
The European Union has endorsed proposals to update the Package Travel Directive (PTD), potentially offering coverage to travellers who create their own deals online.
The proposed transatlantic venture between British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia has moved closer to securing regulatory approval from the European Commission.
Travellers who book holidays online or with budget airlines could receive greater financial protection if companies go bankrupt, under new plans mooted by the European Commission. Brussels officals say it is time to extend the consumer protection beyond package holidays to also independent trips using websites such as Expedia, as well as as covering passengers if an airline collapses.
The European Commission has launched an investigation into seven international airlines - including British Airways, Air France-KLM, and Lufthansaand American Airlines - over possible anti-competitive practices on transatlantic routes that it fears could be harmful to consumers.
The European Commission has granted conditional clearance for Iberia’s takeover of Spanish low-cost carriers Clickair and Vueling.The merger will allow Iberia, Spain’s largest airline, to also have a core shareholding in the country’s second largest airline, and create a solid foundation to thwart the rise of easyJet and Ryanair’s aggressive expansion in Spain.