Mobility and Transport

An ambitious external aviation policy

An ambitious external aviation policy

An ambitious external aviation policy



We are facing fierce international competition, and we must be prepared for it.

  • Negotiating new EU-level agreements with several countries and regions in the world to improve market access.
  • Providing more connections and better prices for passengers.
  • Exploring new measures to address unfair commercial practices from third countries.
  • Creating investment opportunities with third countries based on mutual liberalisation of ownership and control rules.

Facts and figures

  • European aviation is facing new competitive challenges in the rapidly evolving global market.
  • European airlines are restricted in their ability to access markets outside the EU.
  • A 10% increase in the supply of intercontinental flights results in a 4% increase in the number of headquarters of large firms.
  • A 10% increase of departing passengers in a metropolitan region increases the employment in the services sector of that region by 1%.
  • A 10% increase in air traffic equals an increase of 0.5% of GDP per capita.
  • In 2033 passenger traffic in the Asia Pacific region will account for over 40% of world air traffic.
  • China will become the world’s largest air transport market in 2023.

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