"Those requirements need to be consistent across Europe. Every plane journey involves at least two airports. It's no good if my departure airport is clear but my destination is snowed under.
We take consistent European standards for granted when it comes to aviation safety – and rightly so. Now we need to do the same for severe weather planning," said Vice-President Kallas.
Looking ahead to Christmas 2011, he has asked European Airports to come back to him with a progress report on contingency planning for next winter. The Vice President will bring forward specific measures to address the above issues in the Airports Package due in principle before the Summer.