Etihad calls for reform in European aviation

The airline has urged the European Commission to embrace “bold, exciting and world-leading reforms” as part of the Strategic Aviation Package to overhaul Europe’s air transport industry.


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Etihad Airways has urged the European Commission to embrace “bold, exciting and world-leading reforms” as part of the Strategic Aviation Package to overhaul Europe’s air transport industry.

In a detailed submission to the Commission, the airline advocates a policy which actively facilitates competition and consumer choice, addresses critical shortfalls in aviation infrastructure and eases restrictions on market access and investments by non-European airlines.

Etihad Airways said: “We welcome the opportunity to contribute to this important process, given our significant operations into Europe and our investments in a number of European carriers. We believe that this gives us a unique perspective on the current regulatory environment in Europe, as well as a sense of what needs to change in order to ensure a vibrant and competitive industry in the future.

“The Strategic Aviation Package proposed by the European Commission represents a significant  ‘window of opportunity’ to strengthen the European air transport sector as an economic and social enabler, and a key driver of growth, through bold, exciting and world-leading initiatives which improve the efficiency of the industry and increase global flight connectivity.”

Etihad Airways proposes nine principles for progress:
1.         Put competition and consumers at the forefront of policy development;
2.         Think globally, not locally;
3.         Ensure that connectivity is at the heart of EU aviation and transport policy;
4.         Support innovation in business models, and not artificially constrain them;
5.         Promote transparency, efficiency and legal certainty in order to attract external investment;
6.         Take a holistic approach to security;
7.         Tackle regulatory obstacles and infrastructure inefficiencies, and fully reflect better regulation practices;
8.         Encourage structural reforms in the air transport industry, and;
9.         Promote open skies.