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Commission adds two Ghanaian airlines to the EU list of air carriers subject to an operating ban

The European Commission has updated the list of airlines banned in the European Union to impose an operating ban on one air carrier from Ghana and to place operating restrictions on another air carrier from that country.  

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Results available on the public consultation Access to the groundhandling market at EU airports

The Commission organised a public consultation on groundhandling from 4 December 2009 to 17 February 2010 and invited all stakeholders and organisations involved in air passenger transport and groundhandling to take part. The Commission was equally interested in getting the views of citizens, national administrations and parliaments, the European Parliament and the Council, the Social and Economic Committee and the Committee of the Regions.  

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Public consultation on the impact assessment for a possible revision of Council Regulation (EEC) 95/93 on common rules for the allocation of slots at Community airports.

 The objective of this consultation is to evaluate the current operation of the Regulation and to collect information for an impact assessment. The consultation is being launched only in electronic form via the interactive policy-making tool and is open from 3 September to 29 October 2010. Although the consultation is open for 8 weeks, we would encourage stakeholders to respond as soon as possible. We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.

What is this Regulation about?

Regulation (EEC) 95/93 established an administrative mechanism for the allocation of capacity at congested airports. The Regulation was aimed at ensuring non-discriminatory and transparent procedures for allocation of slots, and was partly based on the established framework of scheduling procedures that had been developed by the air transport industry. Member States designate congested airports and slot co-ordinators at each of these airports who seek to balance the demand for slots with the supply. Where there is excess demand, the co-ordinators allocate slots on the basis of administrative criteria including, in particular, grandfather rights; where slots become available, in order to promote competition, preference is given to new entrants.

The Regulation was modified by Regulation (EC) 793/2004, which made a number of technical improvements, for example, to the processes for monitoring the correct use of slots and to the independent operation of the co-ordinator; it also introduced sanctions for abuse of slots. In addition, the ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ rule, which requires that a series of slots must be used 80% of the time to retain grandfather rights, has been suspended on several occasions, most recently due to the international economic crisis and subsequent downturn in traffic volumes.

Next steps

The Commission is now assessing the application of the current legislation and the need to improve it. It has decided to carry out an impact assessment developing different scenarios. The work on the impact assessment started in July 2010. On the basis of the outcome of this impact assessment, the Commission will evaluate whether the Slot Regulation needs to be amended, and if so to what extent. The review of the Slot Regulation is enshrined in the Annex to the Commission Work Programme 2010 (Initiatives for 2010 and beyond) and it will form an integral part of the Airport package. This Airport Package will take stock of the progress in the implementation of the capacity action plan and address the need to review the Slot Regulation and the Ground handling Directive.

[Council Regulation (EEC) No 95/93]

[Regulation (EC) No 793/2004]

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[Slots at EU Airports]

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