Association of European Airlines (AEA) reacted (27-Sep-2012) "favourably" to the communication from the European Commission (EC) about the EU’s external aviation policy. The AEA stated the EC's "ambitious package" addresses several concerns raised by it, including a need for "fertile soil" for European airlines to enable growth and facilitate prosperity in today’s global aviation market. The AEA stressed, however, that underlying a new approach to international relations must be a "clear focus on added value to European network airlines". The report points out a combination of circumstances has eroded the global competitiveness of European airlines. AEA believes a realignment of the EU’s aviation relations with the rest of the world is necessary. [more - original PR]
Association of European Airlines: “We welcome the fact that the Commission realises that the European network airlines have to fight in an aviation market, which is characterised by fragmented regulatory frameworks and bilateral agreements. We are in favour of market access as long as the rules of fair competition are respected," Athar Husain Khan, acting secretary general. Source: Company statement, 27-Sep-2012.