Greenhouse gas output from plane journeys within the EU rose again in 2019, according to new data from the European Commission, but that growth is likely to stop for a while, with 2020 set to be a lean year for airlines because of coronavirus.
Europe’s ability to predict the weather will suffer because of the coronavirus outbreak’s impact on aviation, a leading research institute warned this week, explaining that fleets of grounded aircraft mean forecasters have less meteorological data to work wit
European Parliament lawmakers agreed on Thursday evening (26 March) to put problematic aviation rules on ice until October, as airlines struggle to cope with the impact of the coronavirus on their business.
As the virus crisis continues to unfold, more and more airlines are grounding flights - some entirely. But carriers must take their responsibilities to society more seriously if they are to be given any public cash, insists William Todts.
The European Council agreed on Friday (20 March) to waive EU 'use it or lose it' rules that obligate airlines to fulfil at least 80% of their airport take-off and landing slots in a calendar year. The member states want the rules put on ice longer than the Commission suggested.
The Trump administration enacted its planned duty rate increase for aircraft imported from the EU on Wednesday (18 March), amid the continuing spread of COVID-19 and fears of a subsequent recession. These measures will increase the rate from 10 to 15%, particularly impacting Airbus.
The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) decided on Friday (13 March) to restrict how airlines, already struggling with the impact of coronavirus, can offset their emissions under a new climate change-busting mechanism.
The Italian government is close to taking full control of Alitalia, as the coronavirus outbreak in Europe forces Rome to abandon plans to find a buyer for the ailing national carrier, Il Messaggero said on Sunday (15 March).
The European Commission revealed on Friday (13 March) its plan to suspend for four months rules that have forced airlines to keep empty ‘ghost flights’ in the air, as a result of coronavirus cancellations. But carriers want their obligations put on ice until the end of October.
Europe’s airlines - already reeling from the coronavirus outbreak - are expected to be hard hit by US President Donald Trump’s 11 March ban on flights from the Schengen area, which has already been criticised by EU heads as unilateral and disproportionate.
The European Commission agreed on Tuesday (10 March) to suspend rules that oblige airlines to fly empty ‘ghost flights’, as the EU tries to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the economy.
The United Kingdom will leave the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) at the end of 2020, according to Britain’s transport minister. Shifting responsibility back to its own regulator could cost the UK £400m over the course of a decade though.
EU environment ministers suggested on Thursday (5 March) that airlines should no longer be issued free pollution permits by the bloc’s carbon market, as a review of the emissions trading system fast approaches.
The European Commission announced on Friday (28 February) that its competition watchdog will probe the Italian government's December decision to loan national airline Alitalia €400 million. Brussels wants to find out if the pay-out was illegal state aid.
Air France is to cut 1,500 jobs, mostly ground staff, by late 2022, union sources told AFP on Thursday (27 February), although the company insisted talks with labour representatives have not yet concluded.
A British appeals court said on Thursday (27 February) that a proposed expansion of Heathrow airport is illegal, because it is not in keeping with the government’s own climate policies fixed under the Paris Agreement.
More than 20 of Europe’s airports could be underwater by the end of the century if current climate trends continue. The prospect of economic and even security chaos is starting to drive home the message that the cost of doing nothing will outweigh the price of climate action.
The shipping industry will soon have to pay for its environmental impact in the EU, as both the European Commission and Parliament are moving forward with plans to include vessels in the bloc’s flagship carbon market. But there are choppy waters ahead.
Many people claim they are flying less to protect the environment but the figures say otherwise. The aviation industry is doing better than ever and its emissions have more than doubled since 1990. EURACTIV Germany reports.