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EU Aviation: 25 years of reaching new heights - Quotes

EU Aviation: 25 years of reaching new heights - Quotes

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Since the EU's Internal Market for Aviation was born back in 1992, there has been a revolution in air travel. Today, air travel is cheaper, safer and open to more people than ever before. What's more, because of a comprehensive set of EU passenger rights, travellers can have full confidence they will be looked after on their journey. This is all thanks in no small part to an EU initiative to replace a series of national rules by a single set of EU rules, known as the EU Internal Market for Aviation.

Competition brought major changes to air travel - changes that have propelled European mobility forward, successfully helping to bring Europeans closer together, and providing solid foundations for more jobs and a growing economy. The idea of travelling and experiencing new places and cultures has become a reality for many people in Europe during the past 25 years.

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European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport
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"Today it is difficult to realise how much air travel has changed thanks to the European Union. The creation of the single market revolutionised mobility, not only providing cheaper and safer air travel, but also more jobs and economic growth. As Commissioner for Transport I want to continue building on this success, bringing on board new technologies and making sustainability part of the way we fly."

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CEO EasyJet
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"EasyJet was born from the opening of Europe’s skies by the EU which democratised air travel for all. Since then fares have plummeted and the range of destinations has soared, enabling people to more easily live, work and holiday across Europe."

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CEO Brussels Airport
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"The Internal Market is essential to the European air traffic as it stimulates growth in a competitive environment for airlines and airports, and this to the greatest benefit of the consumers."

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CEO Copenhagen Airport
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"Being a rather small country in the Northern part of Europe the 25 years of the EU Internal Market for Aviation has been vital for Denmark. Our open economy depends on easy accessibility to Europe and the world – for business, leisure, education and knowledge exchange."

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CEO Ryanair
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"The Single Market in aviation is the stand-out achievement of the EU over the last 25 years. It has lowered airfares and enabled citizens to travel freely all over Europe. However, we need to tackle long-standing challenges such as the scandal of repeated ATC strikes, which disrupt the travel plans of millions, and remove ruinous aviation taxes and overpriced airport monopolies."

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Chairman AENA
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"The single aviation market has opened the doors to a wide variety of destinations within Europe. People and businesses are today more free than ever to enjoy all the good opportunities that Europe offers."

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CEO Lufthansa
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"It is a true privilege to connect Europe with the world and Europeans with each other. We stand for an open and tolerant continent without nationalism. Travelling is more than just visiting places – it is about appreciating diversity. I am proud to say: Our roots are in Germany, but Europe is our home."

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Managing Director Airlines for Europe A4E
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“With more than 900 million passengers annually Europe is one of world’s strongest aviation power houses. Travellers benefit from low fares and vast choices also generated by the EU's Internal Market for Aviation. Beyond the economic contribution of air transport there is its social and cultural value for Europe. Policymakers in Brussels and across the continent need to ensure that the political conditions will enable us to provide the best connectivity to the benefit of all Europeans and a continuous positive development of Europe’s tourism sector.”

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Director-General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission
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"One of the tangible benefits that EU has brought to its citizens is air connectivity. The growth in EU aviation over the past quarter of a century has been phenomenal. Hundreds of millions of people have benefited from air travel thanks to the bold decision to liberalise the aviation market 25 years ago. It has opened up new opportunities and positively changed lives. Europe is at its best when taking bold, forward looking decisions for the future!"

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CEO Budapest Airport
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"The EU's Internal Market for Aviation has revolutionized intra-European air travel, and, as a consequence, airports are becoming real economic drivers, equally serving national and European interests."

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Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM Group
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"It’s a great pride that Air France-KLM was the first European transnational Group to emerge. This was made possible thanks to the successful creation of the single aviation market 25 years ago. We were then pioneers and showed the way for more European and cross border integration. We are confident that in the next 25 years we will continue to make it even safer, efficient and fair, following European values, and that we will continue this development for the benefit of all Europeans."

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Chief Executive Director, German Airports Association ADV
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"Over the last 25 years, the EU's Internal Market for Aviation has given an incredible boost to connecting people and companies across Europe, to the great benefit of every EU citizen. As a consequence, airports have become even more important economic drivers. It is now time to further extend connectity with the rest of the world!“ Ralph Beisel, Chief Executive Director, German Airports Association ADV"

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Civil Aviation Director, Aerospace and Defense Industries Association of Europe (ASD)
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“The Single Aviation Market is a true success story which indirectly has also acted as an engine of growth and job creation for the European aeronautical industry. Moreover, EU funded research programmes such as Cleansky and SESAR are helping to ensure the continued technological leadership of the EU industry.”

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CEO, Fraport AG
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“The EU Internal Market is one of the great achievements of the European Union – benefiting also, and in particular, air travel and the aviation industry. The higher mobility gained thanks to the Internal Market for Aviation enables us to experience the very idea of Europe day by day and makes it more tangible to all European citizens. By harnessing this spirit, we should remain committed towards the creation of a united Europe.”

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CEO Cologne Bonn Airport
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"Cologne Bonn Airport – as one of the most important passenger and freight traffic locations in Germany – is located in a border region right in the heart of Europe. Without the common European Single Market, the growth of the aviation sector and our airport’s prosperous development would not have been achieved. In addition, far-reaching air transport agreements removed obstacles and facilitated continental and transatlantic traffic – something we would likewise welcome for growing markets around the world."

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