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ELFAA calls on Transport Commissioner to revive the spirit of competition

14-Jan-2010 8:21 AM

European Low Fares Airline Association (ELFAA) called (13-Jan-2010) on the new EU Commissioner-designate for Transport to revive the pro-competition course on which the European Union (EU) embarked when it liberalised market access for air transport. Progress has stagnated in recent years, according to ELFAA, with the Commission "engaging in re-regulation of aviation – often in response to protectionist calls from legacy incumbent airlines". ELFAA also urged the Commissioner to "completely stamp out the practice of state aid for ailing national carriers". [more]

ELFAA: “The liberalisation of market access for air transport helped bring air travel - previously the preserve of a wealthy few - within the reach of millions of EU citizens, thanks to the more efficient low fare carriers which entered the market and introduced dramatically-reduced ticket prices...ELFAA urges the Commissioner to stamp out – once and for all – the practice of state aid for ailing national carriers. In such cases the airlines in question must be permitted to simply exit the market for which they are no longer fit,” John Hanlon, Secretary-General. Source: ELFAA, 13-Jan-2010.