Statement by Airlines for Europe on the ReFuel EU Vote

Source: A4E The European Parliament’s Transport Committee voted on a key piece of the future regulatory landscape that will enable airlines to meet their decarbonization pledges. The upscaling of sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) is a pivotal measure to decarbonise aviation in the short to medium term. A4E supports large parts of ReFuel EU. We particularly welcome Rapporteur Gade's desire to introduce a flexibility mechanism to supply SAF in a cost-efficient way across the Union in the spirit of a book and claim system, and his proposal for a mechanism to limit the price gap with conventional jet fuel. A4E however urges MEPs to keep the volumes of SAF mandated at a reasonable level, in particular when it comes to synthetic [...]

2022-06-29T17:54:05+03:00June 28th, 2022|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Positive and immediate impact on global air travel demand as restrictions relax

Source: ACI World Uncertainties remain against the background of an uneven recovery Airports Council International (ACI) World has today published its quarterly assessment analyzing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on airports, revealing a positive and immediate impact on global air travel demand. The recent momentum created by the lifting of many health measures and the relaxation of most travel restrictions in many European countries and in the Americas has renewed industry optimism. It however exposed even more the uneven recovery as major aviation markets in Asia-Pacific lag behind their Western counterparts as they continue to be in part closed to international traffic. Airport traffic recovery There is positive news on this front as global passenger traffic is expected to improve significantly [...]

2022-06-28T17:42:18+03:00June 28th, 2022|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Air Travel Consumer Report: Consumer Complaints Against Airlines Rise More Than 300 Percent Above Pre-Pandemic Levels

Source: US Department of Transportation The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on airline operational data compiled for the month of April 2022 for on-time performance, consumer complaints received, mishandled baggage, and mishandled wheelchairs and scooters. The ATCR is designed to assist consumers with information on the quality of services provided by airlines. DOT remains committed to ensuring airline passengers are protected fairly and is concerned about recent cancellations and flight disruptions. It uses the data from the ATCR, consumer complaints, and other information it secures from the airlines to inform its enforcement activities and the adequacy of existing rules. Flight Operations In April, the COVID-19 pandemic continued to result in significant changes to [...]

2022-06-24T12:44:50+03:00June 24th, 2022|News, ORGANISATIONS|

“It’s time to connect the dots” says ACI EUROPE President, calling for more regulatory coherence to support a strong and sustainable aviation future

Source: ACI Europe ACI EUROPE President Javier Marín today called upon the EU Institutions, European Governments and regulators to work with industry so that aviation policy enables a strong and sustainable reset for the entire sectoral ecosystem. Speaking at the 32nd ACI EUROPE Annual Congress and General Assembly in Rome, Marín tackled issues as diverse as slot regulation, regional air connectivity, airport charges, decarbonisation and the handling of resurgent viral variants. Marín, who is Managing Director - Airports for AENA and oversees 47 airports across Spain, opened by tackling staff shortages and the severe disruptions suffered by air travellers in several European markets. The root cause, he said, is the combination of a stronger than expected surge in demand alongside very tight [...]

2022-06-29T01:39:47+03:00June 24th, 2022|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Investment crunch only getting more acute, warns ACI EUROPE chief

Source: ACI Europe Olivier Jankovec paints a bleak financial picture as debt-ridden airports will struggle to invest – and sets out 'new value creation business model' in response Opening the 32nd ACI EUROPE Annual Congress and General Assembly in Rome, Director General Olivier Jankovec described an industry with a clear vision for its future societal and economic role – but fighting for the financial stability to get there. Continued and systemic financial weakness Europe's airports are still reeling from the unprecedented revenue collapse caused by the pandemic, which resulted in historic losses reaching cumulatively over €20 billion1 over the past 2 years – a seismic economic shock to any industry. With Governments having mostly focused their financial support on airlines and [...]

2022-06-24T13:23:06+03:00June 24th, 2022|News, ORGANISATIONS|

European airports stride forward in progress towards net zero carbon emissions

Source ACI Europe ACI EUROPE’s net zero 2050 resolution both expanded and reaffirmed today Almost half of Europe’s 2050 airports now accelerated to 2030 commitment Repository of airport net zero carbon roadmaps celebrates new additions ACI EUROPE Guidance for Airports’ Contribution to Net Zero Aviation published today Cooperation with Airbus unveiled Europe’s airport industry today announced significant progress in the concrete steps towards net zero CO2 emissions. Speaking at ACI EUROPE’s 32nd Annual Congress and General Assembly in Rome, Director General Olivier Jankovec announced a raft of accelerated and expanded commitments by its membership, both unilaterally and in increased collaboration with partners and stakeholders. ACI EUROPE’s net zero 2050 resolution both expanded and reaffirmed today First launched in 2019 and firmly establishing [...]

2022-06-24T13:04:51+03:00June 24th, 2022|News, ORGANISATIONS|

ACI EUROPE Best Airport Award winners for 2022 revealed

Source: ACI Europe The Annual ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards winners were announced yesterday during the Gala Dinner of the 32nd ACI EUROPE Annual Congress and General Assembly, taking place in Rome, Italy, and hosted by Aeroporti di Roma. The Best Airport Awards1 recognise excellence and outstanding achievement across the entire portfolio of airport activities. This year has been characterised by both the many ways in which airports are recovering after COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing focus on sustainability-related achievements. Airports in this section are divided into five groups, according to 2019 passenger traffic. To recognise airports’ efforts in key areas, the Awards portfolio also includes the Eco-Innovation Award, the Human Resources Excellence Award and the Digital Transformation Award. This year’s judging panel comprised representatives [...]

2022-06-24T12:38:19+03:00June 23rd, 2022|News, ORGANISATIONS|

American Airlines Launches Mobile ID With TSA PreCheck®

Source: American Airlines Travelers can now enjoy a more convenient travel verification experience through facial recognition No more fumbling for an ID or a boarding pass, American Airlines Mobile ID unlocks a more seamless and touchless travel experience. Customers can create their secure American Airlines Mobile ID with TSA PreCheck® membership, AAdvantage® number, plus either a driver’s license or U.S. passport for a streamlined security experience. The option to use either a driver’s license or passport provides broad accessibility for travelers to experience the next milestone in easy travel. American Airlines customers with TSA PreCheck® can now breeze through the airport with just their phone and their face, thanks to a collaboration with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and American [...]

2022-06-23T15:42:37+03:00June 23rd, 2022|AIRLINES, News, ORGANISATIONS|

Back to facts on airport charges: response to statements at IATA AGM

Source: ACI Modernizing airport charges will benefit the travelling public In response to statements made at the 2022 Annual General Meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) regarding airport charges, ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira gave the following comments: "Recent statements made by IATA do not reflect current market and economic realities as airports, airlines, ground handlers and other stakeholders work together to rebuild the sector following a historic downturn. At a time when the air transport industry has never been more united, it remains of utmost importance that fellow aviation organizations continue on this path of collaboration and cooperation. In this spirit, we would like to raise a few points: While airport charges represent a [...]

2022-06-22T16:50:49+03:00June 22nd, 2022|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Ensuring Safe Rollout of 5G Networks

Source: IATA The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to work closely with the aviation industry to ensure that aviation and incumbent aviation safety systems can safely co-exist with new 5G services(1). While IATA recognizes the economic importance of making spectrum available to support next generation commercial wireless telecommunications, maintaining current levels of safety of passengers, flight crews, and aircraft must continue to be one of governments' highest priorities. The call came as the industry was meeting in Doha, Qatar at the 78th IATA Annual General Meeting. "We must not repeat the recent experience in the United States, where the rollout of C-band spectrum 5G services created enormous disruption to aviation, owing to the potential risk of interference with [...]

2022-06-21T11:08:59+03:00June 21st, 2022|News, ORGANISATIONS|