Prices have fallen dramatically, new business models appeared and – especially in terms of choice of routes – the progress is impressive. European policy has profoundly transformed the air transport industry by creating the conditions for competitiveness and ensuring both quality of service and the highest level of safety. Consumers, airlines, airports and employees have all benefited as this policy has led to more activity, new routes and airports, greater choice, low prices and an increased overall quality of service.
It is the Regulation 1008/2008 on common rules for the operation of air services in the Community ("the Air Service Regulation") that provides the economic framework for air transport in the European Community setting out the rules – as of 1 November 2008 – on:
- the grant and oversight of operating licences of Community air carriers,
- market access,
- aircraft registration and leasing,
- public service obligations,
- traffic distribution between airports and
Closely linked to the internal market of aviation, specific competition rules are applicable in this field. An Aviation Guideline was adopted in 2014. This Guideline set out the conditions under which Member States and local authorities can grant state aid to airports and airlines in the EU.
Policy and other related documents
Summaries of legislation - Common rules for the operation of air services
Market observatory - Annual reports
- 2015 (incl. 2014) - Summary - Statistical Annex
- 2012 - Summary
- 2011 - Summary
- 2010 - Summary
- 2009 - Summary
- 2008 - Summary
The European Commission is required to publish the list of decisions of the competent licensing authorities, to grant, suspend or revoke operating licences in the EU's Official Journal every year under article 10 of Regulation 1008/2008 on common rules for the operation of air services in the Community. The most recent publication can be found here .