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European Observatory on Airport Capacity

The European Observatory on Airport Capacity was set up under the 2007 Action Plan and its inaugural meeting took place on 4 November 2008. The Observatory advises the Commission on developing measures to ameliorate the capacity of the European airport network and played an essential role in the implementation of the Commission's action plan for airport capacity, efficiency and safety in Europe.

At its most recent plenary meeting, on 27 November 2013, the Observatory completed the work carried out under mandate set out in 2007. The group reviewed the achievements of the Observatory pdf - 25 KB [25 KB]  and agreed in principle to a renewal of its mandate to address a number of tasks related to the issue of airport capacity and quality in Europe. The list of specific tasks will be finalised in the coming months and the Observatory's new mandate will be posted here. The objective is for the Observatory to continue to assist the Commission in investigating the problem of a lack of airport capacity in Europe, its impacts and possible solutions.

At the same meeting the Observatory drafted a number of recommendations on intermodality pdf - 332 KB [332 KB] , highlighting the important role that it can play in accommodating demand that might not otherwise be catered for at congested European airports. The Observatory has invited the Commission, other policymakers as well as airlines, airports and other operators involved to:

  • Improve passengers' access to intermodal journey solutions by, for example, improving the availability of travel information to operators and passengers and by promoting integrated ticketing.
  • Overcome regulatory and other barriers preventing operators from offering intermodal journey solutions. Such barriers include, for example, differing insurance requirements, questions related to liability and differing passenger rights legislation applicable to different transport modes.

The report on intermodality drafted in the Observatory is available here pdf - 1015 KB [1015 KB] .

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Reference documents

Achievements of the Observatory pdf - 25 KB [25 KB]

Policy recommendations on intermodality pdf - 332 KB [332 KB]

Report on intermodality pdf - 1015 KB [1015 KB]

Members of the Observatory pdf - 65 KB [65 KB]

Terms of reference pdf - 74 KB [74 KB]

Work programme 2008-2013 pdf - 10 KB [10 KB]


Minutes of plenary meetings of 2013 pdf - 105 KB [105 KB]   2011 pdf - 116 KB [116 KB]    2010 pdf - 22 KB [22 KB]    2009 pdf - 135 KB [135 KB]

Minutes of the inaugural meeting (04/11/2008) pdf - 13 KB [13 KB]