Aviation

Global Europe 29-05-2017

US might ban laptops on all flights into and out of the country

The United States might ban laptops from aircraft cabins on all flights into and out of the country as part of a ramped-up effort to protect against potential security threats, US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said yesterday (28 May).

Politics 24-05-2017

Europe braces for laptop ban on US-bound flights

US and EU officials meet in Washington this week for further talks on aviation security, as the European Union braces for an extension of a cabin ban on large electronic devices to US-bound flights from Europe.

18-05-2017

EU, US hold ‘robust’ talks on possible airline laptop ban

Top US and EU officials traded intelligence Wednesday (17 May) on what they called "serious evolving threats" to airline security as Washington mulls banning carry-on computers on flights from Europe.

17-05-2017

Commission gives free hand to capitals to subsidise small airports

The European Commission announced today (17 May) a review of state aid rules that will allow member states to pour millions of euros of support into struggling regional airports without prior approval from Brussels.

Digital 12-05-2017

EU demands urgent talks with Washington over laptop ban

The European Union has demanded urgent talks with the United States over a possible extension to some European countries of a US ban on airline passengers taking laptops into cabins, saying any security threats faced are common.

11-05-2017

US likely to expand airline laptop ban to Europe

The Trump Administration is likely to expand a ban on laptops on commercial aircraft to include some European countries, but is reviewing how to ensure lithium batteries stored in luggage holds do not explode in midair, officials briefed on the matter said yesterday (10 May).

21-04-2017

Mastermind behind EU-funded ‘endless runway’ responds to critics

The mastermind behind an EU-funded idea to build circular runways has defended his brainchild after the concept came under fire from fascinated social media users.

19-04-2017

Ryanair denies climate change because it doesn’t like the solutions

It’s no mystery why Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary dismisses evidence of climate change as ‘rubbish’, writes Andrew Murphy.

05-04-2017

EU regulator says airline ‘laptop ban’ may compromise safety

Europe's aviation regulator voiced concern on Wednesday (5 April) over the risk of battery fires in the cargo holds of passenger planes after US and British authorities banned certain electronics from passenger cabins.

Pilots
28-03-2017

Europe struggles to tackle cyber attacks in aviation

Cyber threats to the aviation sector are rapidly becoming a major issue for airlines, aircraft manufacturers and authorities. But Europe is finding legacy problems and new challenges to address cyber risks for its air transportation systems.

Railways 27-03-2017

Parliament’s free Interrail plan replaced by smaller €2.5 million travel fund for teenagers

MEPs are annoyed that a European Commission proposal to hand out €2.5 million to fund young students' travel around Europe will only receive a fraction of the budget they wanted.

21-03-2017

EU hopes to relax rules on transatlantic airline deals

The European Commission wants to scrap restrictions placed on EU airlines leasing planes and crew from US carriers, to resolve a long-standing dispute between the two sides.

Biofuels 09-03-2017

EU sees ‘strategic advantage’ of biofuels in aviation

In sectors like aviation where decarbonisation options are limited, there is a strategic advantage in encouraging the use of biofuels, a European Commission official has said.

07-03-2017

Aviation biofuels: Won’t get fooled again

Biofuels are being touted as a solution to the problem of aviation emissions. But previous experience shows us we must take care to ensure they are not actually worse for the environment than the kerosene they replace, writes Carlos Calvo Ambel.

Transport 01-03-2017

European airlines implore Commission to draft strong law against Gulf rivals

French and German flag carriers Air France-KLM and Lufthansa have urged the European Commission to counter what they say are unfair practices by Gulf airlines, in a bid to influence the drafting of a new EU law.

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Biofuels 01-03-2017

Biofuels in aviation: A sustainable alternative?

Current laws require EU countries to have “at least 10%” renewable energy used in transport by 2020 – including a 7% cap for biofuels. For 2030, the European Commission proposed reducing conventional biofuels in transport to 3.8% as part of a broader target to source at least 27% energy from renewables.

Transport 10-02-2017

EU to bolster air traffic management to address looming crisis

The European Commission will unveil this year two key documents to improve the efficiency of the airborne routes to tackle the capacity crunch of European airports.

Transport 13-01-2017

Plane fuelled by plastic waste completes trailblazing flight

British-born pilot and environmentalist Jeremy Rowsell has made history this week by flying a light aircraft across Australia using a conventional fuel blended with fuel derived from plastic waste. EURACTIV's partner edie.net reports.

Transport 22-12-2016

Aviation exec: Research in electric aircraft ‘developing very rapidly’

Industry interest in electric propulsion for aircraft is growing fast but the first hybrid-electric jetliner is “at least a decade away”, according to one aviation R&D executive.

Flying into the future: innovation in avaiation
Transport 13-12-2016

Flying into the future: Innovation in aviation

With air traffic expected to double by 2035, the aviation sector is under increasing pressure to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions.

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Transport 09-12-2016

EU racing against clock to revise aviation pollution law

The European Union is drafting an amendment to its aviation emissions trading system (ETS) after world nations reached agreement on a global scheme in October. A proposal will be presented in January, an EU official said, warning time is already running short to get the bill approved.

Transport 05-12-2016

Airbus chief calls for soft Brexit, higher German military budget

Airbus is pushing the British government to opt for a "soft Brexit" in which Britain stays in the European Union's single market, its chief executive said on Sunday, warning that the future of the aerospace group's investments in the United Kingdom hinged on it.

Transport 02-12-2016

Britain paves way for electric vehicles, green aviation

British transport is set for a significant low-carbon boost with several new Government consultations and funding schemed announced over the past few days in a bid to drive a green transport overhaul.

Transport 28-11-2016

WTO: US provided illegal subsidies to Boeing

The EU, and aircraft manufacturer Airbus, scored a significant victory on Monday (28 November) after the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruled that the US government's financial assistance to Boeing is illegal.