Issue n° 163 - 14 February 2014

Mobility and transport

In the spotlight

Air passengers

Aviation: EU-ASEAN Aviation Summit proposes "open skies" agreement

In a Joint Declaration adopted on 12 February 2014 in Singapore at the end of a successful two-day EU-ASEAN Aviation Summit, the European Commission and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) proposed to take aviation cooperation to a new level by negotiating a comprehensive air transport agreement between the EU and ASEAN.

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Commissioner's corner

Speech - EU-ASEAN aviation: challenges, cooperation and the way ahead

"We are following with great interest ASEAN's discussions and progress towards a single regional aviation market by 2015. And it goes without saying that we are ready to share with you our experiences in integrating and liberalising a regional aviation market. I am pleased that the EU is able to support ASEAN in the creation of the ASEAN single aviation market through the "ASEAN Air Transport Integration Project"."

Siim Kallas

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Figure of the month

8 billion

Around 8 billion passenger trips are made by rail each year.

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We were asked about...

Question asked by Marlene Mizzi (S&D)

(5 November 2013)

Subject: Ryanair: excessive penalties

Ryanair is fining passengers EUR 70 if they do not download and print a boarding pass to present at the check-in desk. This requirement is included in the Terms and Conditions. Nevertheless:

  1. does the Commission consider this condition and penalty to be legal, considering that when an air ticket is paid for, the ticket entitles the passenger to a seat on the aircraft and, therefore, a boarding pass?
  2. does the Commission consider it to be legal for a passenger to be asked for further payment for a right already purchased?
  3. does the Commission consider this mandatory request by Ryanair to be discriminatory against passengers who do not own or have access to a computer or printer?

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