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European Observatory on Airport Capacity

The Community Observatory on Airport Capacity was set up for five years under the 2007 Commission's Action Plan and its inaugural meeting took place on 4 November 2008. In the period 2008-2013, the Observatory played an essential role in the implementation of the Commission's Action Plan for airport capacity, efficiency and safety in Europe.

At its plenary meeting on 27 November 2013, the Observatory completed the work carried out under the 2007 mandate. 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 issues of airport capacity and quality in Europe. At the same meeting the Observatory drafted a number of recommendations on intermodality pdf - 332 KB [332 KB] , highlighting the important role that inter-modality can play in accommodating demand that might not otherwise be catered for at congested European airports. The Commission, the other policy makers and the stakeholders involved were invited 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 full report on intermodality drafted by the Observatory is available here pdf - 1015 KB [1015 KB] .

At its most recent meeting on 28 March 2014, the Observatory - renamed European Observatory on airport capacity and quality - approved a new mandate pdf - 275 KB [275 KB] , with no fixed term, saying that the role of the Observatory is:

  1. To assist the Commission in addressing the airport capacity and quality challenge identified in the Commission's White Paper 2011 and its Communication 'Airport policy in the European Union - addressing capacity and quality to promote growth, connectivity and sustainable mobility';
  2. To bring about an exchange of experience and best practices, within and outside Europe, on how to solve capacity and quality problems at airports;
  3. To establish a better view of the problem, the impact as well as the solution including policy ones.

Related documents

Reference documents

Observatory mandate pdf - 275 KB [275 KB]

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]