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Article from BTNews 15 OCTOBER 2012

European Aviation Club

Speaking at the European Aviation Club in Brussels last week Carolyn McCall, CEO of easyJet, urged the EU to continue the liberalisation of European aviation that was launched with the opening of Europe’s skies in 1994.  Her audience included MEPs, EU officials, academics and aviation industry representatives. 

“Europe’s free market created a revolution in European aviation.  In the years since then, passengers across Europe have benefited from 170% more routes at fares 40% lower”.

The European Commission published the Better Airports Package proposal in December 2011.  The package is divided into three sections: slots, ground-handling and airport noise and could change the way these areas are regulated across Europe from 2014.  It is currently in the laborious process of being considered by the European Council – which represents the views of EU Member State governments – and by the European Parliament, which represents the views of the EU’s citizens.

Her speech ranged across the whole spectrum of scheduled aviation.

“Despite the best intentions of Europe's single aviation market we too often find that we are being held back by the defensive walls of protectionism which still shield airports, airlines and ground handling from the benefits of true and full competition. www.europeanaviationclub.com

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