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Latest news on air transport from the European Union - from EUbusiness.com.

Brussels signs landmark aviation agreements with China
The EU strengthened aviation relations with China Monday, signing an agreement on civil aviation safety and a horizontal aviation agreement in a boost for EU trade in aircraft and related products.

EU paves way for safe operation of drones
The European Commission adopted common EU-wide rules for drones Tuesday, setting technical requirements and features and capabilities that drones must have in order to be flown safely.

EU and Qatar sign aviation agreement, first with a Gulf state
The EU Commission and the State of Qatar initialled Monday an aviation agreement - the first such agreement between the EU and a Gulf state, upgrading the rules and standards for flights between Qatar and the EU.

Brussels opens probe into airline ticket distribution services
The EU has opened a formal investigation into whether agreements between booking system providers Amadeus and Sabre and airlines and travel agents restrict competition in breach of EU antitrust rules.

EU probes Ryanair deal with Frankfurt-Hahn airport
The European Commission opened an in-depth investigation Friday to assess whether measures in favour of low-cost airline Ryanair at the German airport of Frankfurt-Hahn are in line with EU State aid rules.

Indonesian airlines removed from EU blacklist
The Commission cleared all Indonesian air carriers from the EU Air Safety list Thursday, as it introduced a warning system for air traffic controllers to prevent unsafe aircraft entering European airspace.

Euro-MPs back deal to keep skies safe from drones
Member of the European Parliament gave their backing Tuesday to EU-wide principles for drones and drone operators with a view to ensuring a common level of safety and to update aviation safety rules.

Airlines can be sued for compensation at destination: EU Court
An airline operating only the first leg of a connecting flight in one EU Member State can be sued in the courts of the state of final destination for compensation for delays, the EU's top court ruled on Wednesday.

Brussels updates EU Air Safety List
The Commission updated the EU Air Safety List of non-European airlines that do not meet international safety standards Thursday, adding Venezuela's Avior Airlines to the list of banned airlines.

EU Court rejects Ryanair claim to Irish law for crew
The European Court of Justice ruled against Ryanair Thursday in its battle to consider its cabin crew as Irish under Irish law in a case of air crew against Ryanair and its temporary staff agency Crewlink.

Brussels approves German rescue aid to Air Berlin
The EU Commission endorsed Monday under state aid rules Germany's plans to grant Air Berlin a temporary EUR 150m bridging loan to allow for the orderly wind-down of the insolvent airline.

Belgian airlines aid broke state aid rules, says EU
Public support granted by Belgium to three airlines flying from Brussels airport gave them an unfair advantage over other airlines, in breach of EU state aid rules, the EU Commission concluded Tuesday.

Brexit threatens UK flights to EU 27, says Ryanair boss
There could be no flights between the United Kingdom and the EU-27 immediately after Brexit, Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary warned at meeting of the European Parliament's transport committee Tuesday.

Brussels boost for Europe's aviation sector
The European Commission pressed ahead with implementation of its 'Aviation Strategy for Europe' Thursday with a series of measures in support of open and connected aviation markets in the EU.

Aviation Strategy for Europe
The Aviation Strategy is a milestone initiative to generate growth for European business, foster innovation and let passengers profit from safer, cleaner and cheaper flights, while offering more connections. The Strategy contributes directly to the Commission priorities of Jobs and Growth, Digital Single Market , Energy Union and the EU as a global actor.

EU re-imposes EUR 776m fines on air cargo cartel
The EU Commission re-imposed a fine of EUR 776 million on 11 air cargo carriers Friday for operating a price–fixing cartel, re-adopting a decision annulled by the EU's top Court on procedural grounds.

Aviation emissions: EU revises Emission Trading System
Following an agreement by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) the EU is to amend its Emissions Trading System to tackle CO2 emissions from planes.

Drones: new EU rules to ensure safety and privacy
The European Parliament's transport committee approved changes to EU aviation safety rules on 10 November which would also include basic safety measures for drones.

Drones - unmanned aircrafts
Unmanned aircraft, commonly called drones, offer huge potential for developing innovative civil applications in a wide variety of sectors that benefit European society, and will contribute to creating new businesses and jobs. Within 20 years, the European drone sector is expected to: directly employ more than 100 000 people; have an economic impact exceeding EUR 10 billion per year, mainly in services. As civil aviation evolves towards more automation, drone technology will also be crucial for the competitiveness of the European aeronautics industry as a whole.

Global landmark deal to curb aviation emissions
The International Civil Aviation Organisation has agreed a landmark deal to reduce international aviation emission, the first-ever agreement to reduce CO2 emissions in a global sector.

Single certificate to tighten EU airport security
Tighter security for Europe's airports is promised as a result of a new EU proposal for a single Europe-wide certification procedure for aviation security screening equipment unveiled on Wednesday.

EU Air Safety List update clears Zambia, Iran airlines
Airlines certified in Zambia, along with most aircraft of Iran Air, can resume operations to the EU, the Commission announced Thursday in an update to the EU's Air Safety List.

EU provides more clarity on air passenger rights
New guidelines for air passengers flying in the European Union bring more clarity to existing rules and facilitate their enforcement ahead of the summer holidays, says the European Commission.

EU ready for talks on air transport agreements
European transport ministers gave the go-ahead Tuesday for the EU Commission to start talks on comprehensive air transport agreements with south-east Asian nations, Qatar, the UAE and Turkey.

EU clears acquisition of Airbus Defence Electronics by US private equity company KKR
The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Airbus Defence Electronics by KKR of the US.