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Boosting capacity and promoting quality at EU airports

The European aviation sector is one of the best performing and dynamic parts of the European economy. With almost 800 million passengers travelling each year by air from, to and within the European Union (a third of the world market, almost three times more than when air traffic was liberalised in the early nineties), the European aviation sector is a world leading industry.

However, airports are victims of their own success and, due to traffic growth, many of Europe's most important airports are now facing a capacity crunch. If business and the travelling public are to take best advantage of the air network, we have to act now. 70% of all delays to flights are already caused by problems on the ground not in the air. On present trends, nineteen of European airports will be unable to accommodate any more flights by 2030. The resulting congestion could mean delays for half of all flights across the network. Faced with intense global competition, the status quo is not an option for airports in Europe.

Better Airports Package launched

On 1st December 2011 the European Commission adopted a comprehensive package of measures to address capacity shortage at Europe's airports and improve the quality of services offered to passengers. The package contains three legislative proposals on slots , groundhandling and noise as well as a communication pdf - 69 KB [69 KB] Deutsch (de) français (fr) on "Airport policy in the European Union – addressing capacity and quality to promote growth, connectivity and sustainable mobility" COM (2011) 823. The legislative proposals are to be discussed and approved by the European Parliament and the Council in order to become Community law.

Related documents

Press room

Video of a public debate on the Airport Package   kept in Palma de Mallorca on 20 June 2012 (in Spanish only)

Siim Kallas Vice-President and Commissioner for Transport: Airports coping with winter snow (8 FEB 2012) български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

Siim Kallas Vice-President and Commissioner for Transport: Press conference on airport winter operations

Siim Kallas Vice-President and Commissioner for Transport: Speaking points on launch of "Better Airports" Package. Brussels, 1 December 2011 български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

Press Release on the 2011 Airport Package - Better Airports български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

Memo on the 2011 Airport Package - Better Airports български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

Citizens' Summary - Better Airports

Airports: up to 28 million additional passengers could travel each year with more efficient use of European airport slots български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

Volcanic ash disruptions: one year on and crisis preparedness български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

Statement by Vice President Kallas on snow disruptions across Europe български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

Vice President Kallas convenes European airports to draw the lessons from air travel disruption due to snow български (bg)czech (cs)dansk (da)Deutsch (de)eesti (et)ελληνικά (el)español (es)Français (fr)Gaeilge (ga)italiano (it)latviešu (lv)lietuvių (lt)magyar (hu)Malti (mt)Nederlands (nl)polski (pl)português (pt)română (ro)slovenčina (sk)slovenščina (sl)suomi (fi)svenska (sv)

Legislation

1/12/2011 - Communication: Airport policy in the European Union - addressing capacity and quality to promote growth, connectivity and sustainable mobility pdf - 69 KB [69 KB] Deutsch (de) français (fr)

Slots:

Groundhandling:

Airports list referred to in the Directive 96/67/EC : Commission communication concerning the procedure laid down by Article 1, paragraph 4 of Council Directive 96/67/EC, cancelling and replacing Commission communication of 17 December 2009

Airport Charges Directive 2009/12/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2009 on airport charges

Summaries of legislation

Allocation of time slots

Groundhandling at Community airports

A common framework for airport charges