EU Transport News Roundup August 6

The agenda for the next European Parliament Transport and Tourism Committee meeting has been released and includes an item on the Commission’s proposal on temporary relief of the Slot Utilisation rules. The Commission’s proposal recommends returning to an 80% usage requirement but will prolong the availability of the Justified Non-use of Slots (JNUS) mechanism which was introduced during the pandemic.

The TRAN Committee meeting will take place on Wednesday the 31st of August and can be followed online.

While the aviation sector has been experiencing a welcome recovery following the collapse of operations during the pandemic, it has not been a smooth journey. In Europe, the industry has been experiencing huge disruption, in many cases due to staff shortages, this has seen some airports limiting the number of passengers over the summer and asking airlines to cancel some flights.

Against the backdrop of the major challenges seen in summer 2022, EUROCONTROL is organising a high-level conference focusing on the future of European aviation and the major issues that need to be addressed.

The event is now open for registrations.

The topic of recovery for the aviation sector remains a major focus, ahead of the EUROCONTROL event you can read an in-depth interview on this important topic with the Director General of DG MOVE, Henrik Hololei, from the June edition of Skyways magazine from Eurocontrol.

The European Commission has issued a statement welcoming the international condemnation of Russia for violation of aviation rules and EU sanctions. The statement follows a decision by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to call on the Russian Federation to immediately cease its infractions of international aviation rules.

Adina Vălean, Commissioner responsible for Transport, said: “It is of utmost importance for all countries to defend the international aviation rules-based system, for the safety of passengers and crew. Russia continues to disrespect the fundamental rules of international aviation and to instruct its airlines to work against these rules. I welcome the ICAO Council’s clear condemnation, which reflects the gravity of the actions undertaken by Russia.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published rules for the operation of air taxis in cities, the first comprehensive proposal for such regulations to be issued world-wide. The proposed new regulatory framework (which covers the technical domains of airworthiness, air operations, flight crew licensing and rules of the air) are open to public consultations until September 30, 2022.

With this, EASA becomes the first aviation regulator worldwide to release a comprehensive regulatory framework for operations of VTOL-capable aircraft, which will offer air taxi and similar services,” said EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky. “The publication reinforces the leadership EASA is showing in this area of innovation. At the same time, we have done our best to address general societal concerns and the expectations of EU citizens with respect to safety, security, privacy, environment and noise.”

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