20 JULY 2015

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Article from BTNews 20 JULY 2015

Violeta Bulc meets European airline chiefs

CEOs representing Europe’s five largest airline groups – Air France-KLM, easyJet, International Airlines Group (IAG), Lufthansa Group and Ryanair – have met with EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc to discuss her new EU Aviation Strategy.  They carried between them 420m passengers in 2014, half of Europe’s passenger journeys.
 
Attending were Alexandre de Juniac, Carolyn McCall, Carsten Spohr and Michael O’Leary.  Willie Walsh (IAG) did not personally turn out.  They issued a statement:  ‎"We had a constructive meeting today.  We welcomed Commissioner Bulc's commitment to ensure efficiency is at the heart of the new EU Aviation strategy."
 
“As the new Transport Commissioner prepares this strategy we encouraged her to drive more fair competition, encourage more efficiency and help reduce costs in other parts of our industry (such as monopoly airports and air traffic control providers) and reduce the tax burden on passengers.”
 
They focused on four key measures:

• The development of an EU Aviation strategy with a plan for a simple efficient regulatory structure.

• Lowering the airport costs by ensuring that monopoly airports are effectively regulated.

• Delivering reliable and efficient airspace by reducing ATC charges and stopping strikes.

• Stimulating more economic activity and jobs by creating the right regulatory environment, removing passenger taxes and unreasonable environmental taxes.  http://ec.europa.eu/transport/modes/air/index_en.htm

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