Ryanair, Europe’s leading airline, has urged the EU Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, to take immediate action to safeguard overflights and preserve the freedom of movement for EU citizens amidst the surge in French air traffic control (ATC) strikes in 2023. The airline highlights that there have been 65 days of ATC strikes this year, over 13 times more than in 2022, resulting in thousands of canceled EU overflights from several countries.
The European Union, Canada and the UK are among the countries to have banned Russian planes from the airspace in response to the invasion of Ukraine.
The aim of the new tool is to facilitate safe and free movement during the Covid-19 pandemic by providing proof that a person has been vaccinated against the virus.
The European Commission has issued proposals for a digital green certificate designed to facilitate safe free movement inside the European Union during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Airlines for Europe welcomed the agreement saying it would “help to mitigate the economic impact of the crisis on European airlines and avoid the unnecessary operation of empty flights”.
Authorities in Germany are seeking to keep ski resorts in Europe closed until January as part of the battle against Covid-19. The move comes as the country extends a partial lockdown into December.
The European Commission has called on member states to lift all border restrictions by the end of June. The request comes amid a “fast improving” Covid-19 situation in many countries, home affairs commissioner Ylva Johansson said.
As many as 48,200 flights and 10.2 million seats could be scrapped after the European Union moved to close external borders for 30 days earlier this week. That is according to new research from ForwardKeys.
Officials at the European Union are seeking to offer struggling airlines a lifeline by suspending rules forcing them to run almost empty planes in order to keep prized landing slots.