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Global Europe 14-10-2021

Europe airlines call for US date for flight resumption

Europe’s airlines on Wednesday (13 October) urged the US authorities to provide a date for the reopening of its borders to vaccinated passengers and for an agreed list of recognised vaccines. US President Joe Biden announced last month that the...
Aviation 01-10-2021

Major EU airlines agree to refund passengers after pandemic flight cancellations

A group of European airlines agreed on Thursday (30 September) to refund passengers whose flights were cancelled during the COVID-19 pandemic, and committed to provide better information on passengers' rights in future.
Europe's East 17-09-2021

Ryanair eyes aggressive expansion in Ukraine, banks on migrant workers

Ryanair is planning aggressive expansion in Ukraine if the country joins the European Union's Open Skies deregulated aviation market in the coming months, Group Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said on Thursday (16 September).
Aviation 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.
Aviation 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.
Aviation 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.
Aviation 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.
Aviation 21-12-2020

Controllers see major European air transport disruption from UK shutdown

Europe faces a "significant impact" to its air transport system after several nations cut or reduced transport links with Britain over fears of a new coronavirus strain, the Eurocontrol air traffic agency warned on Monday (21 December).
Aviation 16-12-2020

EU pushes gradual return to airport slot competition

The European Union plans to end a freeze on access to airport slots next year, when a travel recovery from the coronavirus crisis is expected to be underway, aviation sources said on Tuesday (15 December).

Carbon emission cuts in Europe were achieved by the poorest: report

The poorest half of Europeans have cut emissions by almost a quarter, while emissions from the wealthiest 10% continue to rise, making tackling carbon inequality an essential part of EU climate targets, according to a new report by Oxfam and the Stockholm Environment Institute.
Energy 24-11-2020

Oil hits highest since March, but still drastically down from last year

The oil price has reached its highest point since it plummeted in March due to COVID-19 lockdowns, as market confidence grows in coronavirus vaccines.
Central Asia 23-09-2020

Kazakhstan suspends three airlines for breaking UN Libya embargo

Kazakhstan has barred three air carriers from operating for violating a UN Security Council embargo covering the supply of arms to Libya, the Central Asian country's government said Wednesday (23 September).
Aviation 18-09-2020

EU travel industry steps up quarantine pushback

Leaders of Europe's coronavirus-stricken travel and tourism industries have appealed to the EU's chief executive to press governments to end quarantine requirements and instead embrace coordinated restrictions and testing.
Aviation 28-08-2020

Poland re-introduces ban on flights from 46 countries

Poland will ban flights from 46 countries, including France and Spain, as of 2 September, according to a draft regulation published on Thursday (27 August), as the country grapples with a spike in coronavirus infections.
Aviation 23-04-2020

EU says air travel will need social distancing, US airlines taking their own steps

The European Commission will next month present a set of rules for the safe reopening of air travel when coronavirus lockdowns end, including social distancing in airports and planes, while some US airlines are taking their own protective measures.
Transport 10-09-2019

EU eyes end of energy tax waivers for air and sea transport sectors

The European Union is studying a reform of energy taxes to align them with climate targets, an EU document showed, listing as possible measures higher minimum tax rates, fossil fuel levies and the end of waivers for the air and sea transport sectors.
Aviation 10-07-2019

France to impose green tax on plane tickets

France announced Tuesday (9 July) it would impose new taxes on plane tickets of up to €18 per flight, joining other EU states seeking to limit the environmental impact of air travel.
Economy & Jobs 30-04-2019

Striking fuel-tanker drivers put Portugal at risk of energy crisis

Fuel-tanker drivers in Portugal threatened a new strike within a week if a deal is not reached over their demands for better pay and conditions, their union said on Monday (29 April).
Brexit 27-02-2019

Flurry of agreements to cushion blow of no-deal Brexit

As Britain tries to steer away from a dreaded "no-deal" divorce with the EU, a flurry of agreements are being hammered out to cushion the most painful blows.
Transport 29-10-2018

Member states want to postpone scrapping clock change to 2021

EU transport ministers requested on Monday (29 October) more time to decide on ending the twice-yearly clock change, pointing to the preparations needed to avoid chaos in the European transport system.
Brexit 13-09-2018

Ryanair CEO warns hard Brexit will ground flights

Ryanair's chief executive stepped up his warning about the risk of flights between Britain and Europe being grounded for days in the wake of Britain's exit from the European Union next March, saying there had been no assurances on the issue.
Railways 04-05-2018

Eighteen-year-olds must pass quiz on European culture to receive free travel tickets

Eighteen-year-olds will need to pass a six-question quiz about European history and culture to receive free Interrail train or plane tickets, as part of a €700 million project that’s set to start next month.
Aviation 04-04-2018

Half of European flights at risk of delay after computer failure

European air travellers faced mass disruption on Tuesday (3 April) with up to half of all flights delayed after the system that manages air traffic for the continent broke down.
Development Policy 18-10-2016

French auditors launch assault on ‘Solidarity Tax’ for world aid

France's Solidarity Tax on air travel is a major source of funding for health programmes in the world's poorest countries. But Paris auditors have said it unfairly penalises Air France. EURACTIV France reports.