An alarming increase in air traffic control strikes across Europe has wreaked havoc on airlines, their passengers and business, according to Airlines for Europe.
A new study commissioned by A4E from PwC - “The economic impact of air taxes in Europe” - shows that abolishing all air passenger taxes in the European Economic Area would boost European GDP by €215 billion (cumulative) over the next 12 years.
At least 200 flight cancellations and many delays have resulted from the latest air traffic control strike in Europe. Control centres in Reims and Marseille have been on strike since Monday evening, forcing airlines to reduce their fight offerings in France and also services overflying France.
In a joint letter to the European air navigation service providers, chief executives of Airlines for Europe’s member airlines express their concerns regarding the disruption caused by air traffic control restrictions this summer.
A week of disruption is ahead of hundreds of thousands of European passengers who will see their travel plans thwarted by a wave of air traffic control strikes. Airlines have been asked to reduce their flight offerings in France by 25 per cent and more than 1,000 flights are expected to be cancelled.
The European Commission has presented its proposal to keep the scope of its emissions trading system to cover flights within the EU, known as Stop the Clock. This step follows the historic agreement reached by governments last year on a global scheme to address climate change as proposed by the United Nations aviation specialised agency, International Civil Aviation Organisation.
Airlines for Europe continues to attract new members with Cargolux joining Europe’s largest airline association. Based in Luxembourg, Cargolux is Europe’s leading all-cargo airline with an all Boeing 747 freighter fleet operating scheduled all-cargo flights as well as full and part-charter services.
Membership numbers at Airlines for Europe are growing further with Icelandair joining Europe’s largest airline association. The airline operates out of Iceland, and uses the country’s geographical location mid-way between America and Europe, to offer a network of international routes with Iceland as a hub.
A4E has released an updated version of a PwC study on the economic impact of air traffic control strikes in Europe. Now including the 2016 figures, the analysis reveals that since 2010 the overall impact of strikes have cost €12 billion to the EU economy, associated with more than 140,000 jobs.
Thousands of European passengers are likely to see their travel plans disrupted again today with the latest air traffic control strike in Europe. The strike is expected to last for 35 hours and will see hundreds of flight cancellations - delays and time-consuming detours not included, according to the Airlines For Europe aviation pressure group.