European Union News

Tourism bodies seek to quell consumer fears over Brexit

Tourism bodies seek to quell consumer fears over Brexit

With the peak travel season about to begin, British holidaymakers are set to discover the immediate effects of the vote to the Leave the European Union, with the pound falling and prices increasing abroad. ABTA has assured travellers that there will be no immediate change in European regulations in the face of the UK vote to exit the European Union, claiming: “People due to travel this summer will see little changes to their holiday.

UK tourism body emphasis industry support for EU

UK tourism body emphasis industry support for EU

UKinbound has revealed that 82 per cent of its members believe that staying in the EU is important to their business. The organisation is one of the leading trade associations, representing 350 members of the travel and tourism industry in Britain. The announcement, made at UKinbound’s Annual Convention, follows prime minister David Cameron’s recent request to the business community to share their views on EU membership.

Etihad calls for bold reform in European aviation

Etihad calls for bold reform in European aviation

Etihad Airways has urged the European Commission to embrace “bold, exciting and world-leading reforms” as part of the Strategic Aviation Package to overhaul Europe’s air transport industry. In a detailed submission to the commission, the airline advocates a policy which actively facilitates competition and consumer choice, addresses critical shortfalls in aviation infrastructure and eases restrictions on market access and investments by non-European airlines.

EU Council backs new EU rules giving more protection to holidaymakers

EU Council backs new EU rules giving more protection to holidaymakers

New EU rules that will bring protection for package holidays in line with today’s digital age moved a step closer today following a political agreement by EU government ministers at today’s Competitiveness Council. The rules will extend protection of the 1990 EU Package Travel Directive to cover not only traditional package holidays, but also give clear protection to 120 million consumers who book other forms of combined travel.

Philippine Airlines readmitted to EU airspace

Philippine Airlines readmitted to EU airspace

12th Jul 2013 Airline News

The European Commission has updated for the 21st time the list of airlines subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within Europe. Following improvements in the safety situation in the Philippines, Philippine Airlines is the first airline from this country allowed back into European skies since 2010.

EU threatens to get tough on aviation emissions

EU threatens to get tough on aviation emissions

17th May 2013 Airline News

Officials at the European Commission have ten Chinese and Indian airlines are facing the prospect of exclusion from airports in the European Union for refusing to comply with rules aimed at regulating greenhouse emissions. The airlines include Air China and Air India, with both carriers among those accused of not providing emissions data.

EU transport ministers outline external aviation policy plans

EU transport ministers outline external aviation policy plans

21st Dec 2012 Airline News

EU transport ministers have adopted a comprehensive set of Council conclusions which will lay down the framework for an ambitious EU external aviation policy for the coming years. Based on the European Commission’s recent Communication ‘The EU’s external aviation policy – addressing future challenges’, the Council has called for stronger coordination, unity and solidarity at EU level and for a more robust EU external aviation policy in order to strengthen the competitiveness of the European aviation industry while supporting the interests of European consumers.

WTTC welcomes EU emissions climb down

WTTC welcomes EU emissions climb down

“A very unexpected but very welcome development, which may now temporarily prevent a full scale trade war,” was the response of World Travel & Tourism Council president David Scowsill, to the European Union’s decision to postpone the full introduction of its emissions trading scheme.

European Union climbs down on Emissions Trading Scheme

European Union climbs down on Emissions Trading Scheme

13th Nov 2012 Airline News

The European Union has confirmed it will “stop the clock” on the implementation of the international aspects of its Emissions Trading Scheme in the aviation sector by one year. As it seeks an international compromise on the scheme, the EU will defer the obligation to surrender emissions allowances from air traffic to and from the EU by one year.

MEPs urge Single European Sky implementation

MEPs urge Single European Sky implementation

National air traffic control spaces in Europe urgently need to be merged so as to clear congestion, boost safety, reduce flight times, delays and fares, create jobs and cut CO2 emissions, say MEPs in a resolution. They want the commission to put pressure on member states, including possible sanctions, to meet their obligations.