Aviation

28-04-2021

Aviation bosses embrace sustainable aviation fuels as path to green flying

Two of Europe’s leading aviation companies have argued that scaling up sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) is an essential step to decarbonise flying, as hydrogen is not yet ready to be adopted on a large scale.
22-04-2021

EU considers applying green jet fuel mandate to all departing flights

The European Commission has confirmed that the upcoming ReFuelEU Aviation initiative will impose a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) blending mandate, with the EU executive suggesting it will apply to all flights taking off from European airports, regardless of whether their destination is inside the bloc.
Railways 15-04-2021

Rail and aviation set for showdown over 2022 ‘European Year of’ status

Rail associations are calling on the European Commission to extend the current “European Year of Rail” designation to 2022 as the ongoing pandemic has disrupted this year's planned activities. But some MEPs argue that next year should be the “European Year of Aviation” to support the struggling airline sector.
13-04-2021

France to ban some domestic flights where train available

French MPs have voted to suspend domestic airline flights on routes that can be travelled by direct train in less than two and a half hours, as part of a series of climate and environmental measures.
13-04-2021

Airlines could use new EU COVID pass this summer, Reynders tells MEPs

Airlines could check new European Union COVID certificates before allowing onboard passengers going on summer holidays, a senior official said on Tuesday (13 April) as the bloc seeks to restart a travel sector ravaged by the pandemic.

EU planning staggered increase in use of green jet fuel

The EU’s upcoming ReFuelEU proposal, aimed at cutting emissions in the aviation sector, will apply a staggered blending mandate for green jet fuel, with the percentage scaling up in roughly five-year intervals, EURACTIV understands.

Long-haul airlines seek exclusion from EU green jet fuel mandate

The aviation industry is divided on whether an expected EU mandate on green jet fuel should include all flights departing from the bloc or be restricted to inter-EU flights, with the fault line running largely between budget airlines and legacy carriers.
05-03-2021

FedEx unveils $2 billion plan to become carbon neutral by 2040

International delivery company FedEx has announced it will invest $2 billion (€1.66bn) to make its global operations carbon neutral by 2040, a task that will involve cutting the emissions of the company’s 70 aircraft and more than 30,000 vehicles operating in Europe.
05-03-2021

Auditors to probe potential abuse of air passenger rights during pandemic

The European Court of Auditors (ECA), which monitors European Union spending and management, announced Wednesday (3 March) that it is launching an audit to assess whether the European Commission took sufficient steps to ensure air passenger rights were upheld during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Global Europe 26-02-2021

Ticket to ride: Vaccine passports divide world

As European Union leaders debated the idea Thursday (25 February) amid claims that it could be divisive and discriminatory, on the global scale, the idea of vaccine passports, which would allow people who have been inoculated the freedom to travel,...
26-02-2021

EU announces fresh funding for ‘disruptive’ research into clean aircraft

The European Commission announced on Tuesday (23 February) that it will finance the development of new aircraft powered by clean fuel sources, in a bid to cut aviation emissions by 2050.
25-02-2021

Airlines implore EU countries to implement vaccine ‘travel pass’

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on EU leaders to introduce controversial vaccine passports to restart the ailing air travel sector, according to a leaked document seen by EURACTIV.
22-02-2021

Boeing grounds 777s after engine fire

Boeing confirmed Monday (22 February) that dozens of its 777 aircraft were grounded globally after the engine of a United Airlines plane caught fire and scattered debris over a suburb of Denver, Colorado.
19-02-2021

Aviation sustainability and concerns over the implementation of the recovery fund

  In the first edition of EURACTIV’s Yellow Room, we are talking about the European airline industry’s sustainability plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The aviation sector is facing the double challenge of coming up with alternative fuel solutions...
17-02-2021

Ryanair vows to appeal EU court loss in airline bailouts case

Ryanair lost on Wednesday (17 February) two EU court challenges to massive public bailouts of rival companies such as Air France and SAS designed to help them get through the coronavirus pandemic - an outcome the company immediately said it would appeal.
15-02-2021

Airline industry charts path to carbon neutrality by 2050

The European airline industry has launched a sustainability plan to achieve carbon neutrality in the aviation sector by 2050, a roadmap they say will align the notoriously carbon-intensive sector, currently suffering a huge pandemic-caused downturn, with EU climate goals.
11-02-2021

Parliament passes measures to prevent return of ‘ghost flights’

The European Parliament approved a revamp of the EU's “use it or lose it” waiver for airport slot rules on Thursday (11 February), a measure first introduced in March 2020 to stop pandemic-hit airlines from flying almost empty planes to maintain access to ports.
09-02-2021

Eight EU countries call for green fuel to be mandatory in European aircraft

Ministers from eight European countries have called on the European Commission to boost the uptake of sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) by requiring them to be blended into kerosene, a move they say will drive down emissions in the sector.
Transport 05-02-2021

Spain agrees ‘rescue plan’ to save aerospace jobs

The Spanish government, trade unions, and employer’s associations announced on Wednesday (3 February) an emergency rescue plan to maintain production capacity in the country’s aerospace factories and save thousands of jobs, mainly in the Spanish branch of EU manufacturer Airbus. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
04-02-2021

Air France, unions rail against EU bailout conditions

Air France and its pilot unions protested on Wednesday (3 February) against EU demands that the airline give up takeoff and landing slots at its Paris base in return for government aid.
04-02-2021

EU flags concern over Austrian minimum airfare plan

The EU has raised concerns over Austrian plans to set a minimum airfare, a spokesman said, weighing in on an environmental policy debate that pits traditional airlines against low-cost carriers.
Future of mobility 04-02-2021

Virus lockdowns caused shift to ‘private mobility’: report

The need to avoid crowded spaces led Europeans to opt for "private mobility modes", such as cycling, walking, and private vehicles, according to the European Mobility Atlas 2021, a report analysing key facts and figures about transport in Europe.
27-01-2021

Boeing 737 MAX cleared to fly by EU regulator

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said on Wednesday (27 January) that it had cleared the Boeing 737 MAX to fly again in European skies, 22 months after the plane was grounded following two fatal crashes. “Following extensive analysis...
25-01-2021

Lawmakers seek assurances over Boeing MAX before EU safety approval

MEPs today sought assurances about the safety of the controversial Boeing 737 MAX ahead of its re-approval to fly by the EU’s aviation safety agency, EASA. The Boeing model was grounded in March 2019 following catastrophic crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that left 346 people dead.