Aviation

EU targets airlines in climate policy shakeup

15-07-2021

Airlines may lose a tax break on jet fuel that has drawn fire from environmentalists, while having to use more non-petroleum alternatives and pay a bigger emissions bill, under major proposals to make Europe the "first climate-neutral continent".

Biofuels 16-07-2021

EU green jet fuel proposal shuns crop-based biofuels, focuses on next generation

Proposed EU legislation aimed at cutting flight emissions by ramping up the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) has excluded the use of first-generation biofuels, arguing they bring "limited environmental benefits".
16-07-2021

Italy reaches deal with EU for launch of Alitalia successor ITA

Italy has reached a deal with the European Commission over the launch of carrier Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA), which will replace the loss-making, state-owned Alitalia, the Treasury said in a statement.
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12-07-2021

Eco-friendly planes to fly by 2035 to reach climate-neutrality by 2050

Bold, rapid investment in research and innovation is needed to steer aviation firmly on a course towards climate neutrality by 2050. Axel Krein is the Executive Director of Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking. The aviation sector has suffered immensely as...
07-07-2021

A majority of Europeans favour a tax on jet fuel

A recent survey suggests that Europeans believe airlines should be required to pay tax on aviation fuel. The European Commission should heed the public and not the aviation lobby, writes Ciarán Cuffe.

Rolls-Royce partners with Shell in sustainable aviation fuel push

British engineering company Rolls-Royce has said it will partner with oil company Shell to work on the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in line with both firms' plans to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
30-06-2021

Air passenger rights ‘not protected’ during pandemic, EU auditors say

European airline passenger rights, which include carriers' legal obligation to pay refunds for cancelled flights, have not been safeguarded during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an EU report released on Tuesday (29 June).
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22-06-2021

Research centres are the bridge between academia and industry

So far, 113 research organisations from 21 countries have taken part in Clean Sky’s projects. Their role within our ecosystem is vital – on top of initiating and developing their own new technical proposals, they act as incubators, taking ideas...
21-06-2021

Behind Airbus-Boeing truce lies a common rival: China

While the United States and Europe waged a 17-year trade battle over subsidies to Boeing and Airbus, China poured money into its own commercial aircraft to take on the Western aviation duopoly.
21-06-2021

Parliament on collision course with EU member states over airspace reform

The European Parliament’s recently agreed position on reforming Europe's airspace backs a number of items rejected by EU countries, setting up a showdown between MEPs and member states over the Single European Sky initiative 2+ (SES).
10-06-2021

EU’s air traffic reform plan draws fire from airlines

Global airlines have criticised the European Union's recently agreed position on air traffic management reform, arguing it hampers much-needed improvements to Europe’s sclerotic air transport system.
10-06-2021

Airbus, Air France want EU green funds used for jet incentives

Airbus and Air France-KLM have urged policymakers to use EU-backed green stimulus funds to support aircraft sales, according to documents released on Thursday (10 June) by InfluenceMap, an investor-led climate lobbying watchdog.
10-06-2021

Airbus tells EU hydrogen won’t be widely used in planes before 2050

Most airliners will rely on traditional jet engines until at least 2050, with the introduction of zero-emissions hydrogen limited to regional and short-range planes, Airbus told European Union officials in a briefing released on Thursday (10 June).
04-06-2021

Danish air force acquires two electric planes

The Danish air force will acquire two light electric planes, the defence ministry announced Thursday in what it said was a world first for a military force and part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
03-06-2021

European air lobbies fear summer chaos at airports

A year after the coronavirus pandemic emptied airports, air travel associations fear chaos during Europe's summer holiday season as travellers could wait hours before boarding planes due to health checks.
02-06-2021

Protecting European airlines: lessons from the current crisis

EU member states must learn from the global aviation crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. One such lesson is that the focus placed on internal market rules is crippling the competitiveness of our airlines, argues Pedro Nuno Santos.
31-05-2021

Emissions soar as airlines reroute to avoid Belarusian airspace

Detours taken by airlines to avoid entering Belarusian airspace following the forced landing of a Ryanair jet are responsible for around an extra 250,000 kg of CO2 emissions per day, air traffic management estimates show.
27-05-2021

UN aviation body to meet over Belarus plane diversion

The UN civil aviation agency will hold an urgent meeting to discuss Belarus after Western powers on the UN Security Council called for the body to investigate Minsk's diversion of a European flight and arrest of a dissident.
26-05-2021

France cancels Moscow flight as Russia snubs Belarus bypass

Air France cancelled a Paris-Moscow flight on Wednesday (26 May) after Russia failed to approve a new route bypassing Belarus, the airline said. The French carrier, part of Air France-KLM, scrapped flight AF1154 “for operational reasons linked to the bypassing...
24-05-2021

Global aviation stunned by Belarus jetliner diversion

The United Nations’ aviation agency said it was “strongly concerned” by the apparent forced landing of a Ryanair jetliner in Belarus, as global airlines called for an investigation into Sunday’s rare incident.
Coronavirus 21-05-2021

EU reaches deal on COVID-19 travel passes to save the summer

The European Parliament and the member states reached a provisional deal on Thursday (20 May) on COVID-19 certificates designed to facilitate travel and help revive tourism in Europe.
20-05-2021

Urban air taxis will be a reality ‘within three to five years’, EU regulator says

Futuristic aircraft such as air taxis and ambulances will be in flight above European cities within three to five years according to the chief of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), bringing the science-fiction prospect of flying cars a step closer to reality.
19-05-2021

EU court backs Ryanair challenge to KLM, TAP state aid

Europe's second-highest court upheld on Wednesday (19 May) Ryanair's fight against billions of euros in state aid granted to its rivals KLM and Transportes Aereos Portugueses (TAP) - rare legal victories for the Irish budget carrier in its battle against airline bailouts.
Germany seeks to fly ahead in getting e-fuels market ready
11-05-2021

Germany charges ahead in decarbonising domestic flights with new e-fuel roadmap

One third of fuel used in domestic flights by 2030 will come from sustainable sources, according to a new German roadmap on the market ramp-up of power-to-liquid (PtL) kerosene unveiled on Friday (7 May).
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03-05-2021

Ambitious R&I investment will enable aviation to move towards climate neutrality

Bold investment is needed to steer aviation firmly on a course towards climate neutrality by 2050, Clean Sky’s Spring Event, Clean Aviation for a Competitive Green Recovery in Europe, heard on 22 April 2021. Axel Krein is the Executive Director...