MEPs add safeguards

New rules to make ground handling services at large EU airports more competitive with MEPs inserted to improve service quality standards


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MEPs inserted service quality standards and staff provisions to prevent any deterioration of working conditions and the parliament will have the final say in a plenary vote in April.

The Transport and Tourism committee agreed to boost competition for restricted, airside services by requiring at least three groundhandling companies (up from two today) in airports handling at least 15 million passengers and/or 200,000 tonnes of freight per year. These thresholds had been set at 5 million passengers and 100,000 tonnes of freight in the Commission’s initial proposal.