17-Feb-2016 10:27 AM

AEA member airlines to launch 254 new services in summer 2016

AEA announced (16-Feb-2016) its member airlines plans to launch total of 254 new routes during summer 2016, offering 3.8% year-on-year increase to 1.76 million scheduled services and a 5.5% increase to 273,511 million seats. The largest rate of expansion is on long haul routes, with a 6.7% increase in flights spread over 55 new intercontinental connections between Europe and overseas destinations. AEA CEO Athar Husain Khan said: "Thanks to the growth plans of the AEA members' this summer, European consumers will enjoy an enlarged offer in terms of destinations and more seat capacity on existing routes. ot only do our airlines anticipate the current growth rhythm of the market, they will also bring more competition to that market, to the benefit of the consumer. However, let us not become complacent. This industry can do much better for Europe provided that its competitiveness improves. Taxes imposed on airlines in Europe are too high, growth is slowed by ground infrastructure and ATC restrictions, and regulation is often very burdensome. The new aviation policy discussion that will soon start in the European Parliament provides us with a unique momentum to check-in for the flight forward." [more - original PR]

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