The International Air Transport Association has expressed disappointment at the decision by the European Court of Justice to include aviation in the EU emissions trading scheme from 2012. Announcing its decision yesterday, the court dismissed claims from North American carriers that the scheme was illegal under international law.
The Court of Justice to the European Union has ruled the inclusion of global airlines in the proposed emissions trading scheme is valid. The decision follows objections from a number of American and Canadian airlines that they should be exempt from the scheme.
The European Commission has announced a package of measures designed to increase capacity airports in Europe, reduce delays and improve the quality of services offered to passengers. The measures address the quality of services passengers and airlines receive on the ground before they take off and after they land, the transparency of decisions on airport noise, as well as the efficiency of the complex network of take-off and landing slots that make up every journey.
Consumers in the European Union are to be offered new protection against Machiavellian low-cost carriers with a ban on ‘pre-ticked’ boxes coming into force. The Europe-wide ban will remove the requirement on consumers to “untick” boxes to avoid extra services when shopping online.
Antonio Tajani, vice-president of the European Commission and Petra Hedorfer, president of the European Travel Commission, have signed a historic Joint Declaration between the two organisations, which sets out the basis for strengthening the image and promotion of ‘Destination Europe’ in the future.
The International Air Transport Association has stepped up its war of words with the European Union by describing plans to charge the industry for emissions as “illegal”. The new legislation, which comes into effect on January 1st 2012, will see airlines forced to buy permits for carbon emissions above a certain level.
An extra 28 million passengers a year could take to the skies if European airports were allocated slots more efficiently, a study by the European Union has concluded. The study into the use of Europe’s airspace and major hubs found that more efficient use could add £4.4 billion to the economies of Europe between 2012 and 2015.
Europe’s financial leaders are set to meet in Brussels to discuss additional help for Greece’s debt-hit economy. Issues up for discussion include what conditions to apply to any more financial bail-outs for the country.
New European Union proposals could spare airlines from paying customers full compensation when flights are grounded. Siim Kallas, the European Commission vice president, said the EU was poised to change the “denied boarding” regulation 261, which was originally introduced to protect passengers when they were unable to take the flight they had paid for.
The European Commission has adopted a comprehensive strategy for a competitive transport system which it hopes will increase mobility, remove major barriers in key areas and fuel growth and employment. At the same time, the proposals – entitled Transport 2050 - will reduce Europe’s dependence on imported oil and cut carbon emissions in transport by up to 60 per cent argues the commission.
Vice-President Siim Kallas, in charge of transport, announced today a breakthrough in the EU-Brazil negotiations on an ambitious aviation agreement. Negotiators from the EU and Brazil have initialled a comprehensive agreement on air transport services.