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EU charts path to decarbonising aviation 09 October 2023, 22:06 CET
More renewable and low-carbon fuels will reduce the carbon footprint of the aviation sector following Monday's adoption of a new regulation by the EU Council on a 'ReFuelEU aviation' initiative.

Travel agencies commit to 14-day refund for cancelled flights 27 June 2023, 21:52 CET
Following dialogue with the Commission and consumer authorities, major online travel agencies said Tuesday consumers should be able to receive refunds after 14 days in the event of flight cancellation.

MEPs, Council reach deal on greener aviation fuels 26 April 2023, 23:23 CET
European Parliament and Council negotiators reached political agreement Tuesday to increase the uptake of sustainable fuels, such as advanced biofuels or hydrogen, in the aviation sector.

New EU rules on dedicated airspace for drones in force 30 January 2023, 23:25 CET
EU rules establishing a dedicated airspace for drones known as the U-space became applicable as from 26 January, allowing operators to provide a wider range of services.

EU boosts innovation with 5G on planes 28 November 2022, 18:39 CET
Airlines will be able to provide the latest 5G technology on their planes following the EU Commission's update Thursday of the implementing decision on spectrum for mobile communications on board aircrafts.

EU and ASEAN sign landmark aviation agreement 18 October 2022, 18:29 CET
The EU and southeast asian nations signed a comprehensive air transport agreement Monday to open up air transport opportunities and enhance direct connectivity between the two regions.

Brussels looks for more flexible, resilient airline slot regime 12 July 2022, 23:27 CET
Responding in part to disruption from the war in Ukraine, the EU Commission adopted Tuesday a proposal to allow the airline slot regime to respond more flexibly to unexpected future developments.

MEPS push to decarbonise aviation with cooking oil 12 July 2022, 00:04 CET
Used cooking oil, synthetic fuel or even hydrogen should become the norm as aviation fuel, the European Parliament said Thursday as the EU looks for sustainable fuel to reach climate neutrality by 2050.

EU and Qatar sign aviation agreement 20 October 2021, 22:48 CET
The European Union and the State of Qatar signed a comprehensive air transport agreement Monday, upgrading rules and standards for flights between Qatar and the EU.

European airlines agree to speedier cancellation refunds 05 October 2021, 18:59 CET
16 major airlines committed Thursday to better information and timely refunds for passengers whose flights are cancelled, following dialogue with the EU Commission and national consumer authorities.

EU air passenger rights fall by wayside during pandemic: report 01 July 2021, 18:29 CET
The rights of air passengers have not been safeguarded in the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report published on Tuesday by the European Court of Auditors (ECA).

EU, US move to end Boeing-Airbus trade dispute 16 June 2021, 14:24 CET
The EU and the US agreed to end the Boeing-Airbus trade dispute Tuesday, suspending tariffs worth USD 11.5 billion, and paving the way to resolving the longest trade dispute in the history of the WTO.

EU Council signs off on airline slot relief 17 February 2021, 21:43 CET
EU ministers signed off an amendment to the Slot Regulation Monday, relieving airlines of airport slot-use requirements for the summer 2021 scheduling season, to protect airlines and help the environment.

New COVID-19 slot relief to help EU airlines 29 January 2021, 00:53 CET
The EU announced Thursday it is preparing new temporary rules to help air carriers cope with the drastic decline in air traffic caused by the Coronavirus crisis and avoid operating empty flights.

New Single European Sky proposal to cut aviation emissions up to 10 pct 23 September 2020, 14:22 CET
The EU Commission put forward a proposal Tuesday to upgrade the Single European Sky regulatory framework, with more modern management of European airspace and more sustainable and efficient flightpaths.

EU complies with WTO Airbus rulings, wants US tariffs lifted 29 July 2020, 13:44 CET
The governments of France and Spain agreed with Airbus Friday to modify the terms of a 'repayable launch investment' granted by them for development of the A350 aircraft to reflect market conditions.

EU signs aviation agreement with Japan 23 June 2020, 23:59 CET
The EU and Japan signed an agreement on civil aviation safety Monday, with the aim of boosting EU cooperation with Japan and reinforcing the competitiveness of the EU's aviation industry.

Ban for Armenian airlines in EU Air Safety List update 04 June 2020, 00:07 CET
The EU Commission added airlines certified in Armenia to Tuesday's update of the list of airlines subject to an operating ban or restrictions within the EU because they do not meet international safety standards.

Airlines must be transparent on VAT and credit card fees: EU Court 28 April 2020, 23:03 CET
Air carriers must indicate, as soon as their price offers are published on the Internet, VAT charges on domestic flights as well as any fees charged for paying by credit card, the EU's top Court ruled Thursday.

EU waives 'use it or lose it' slot rules for airlines 31 March 2020, 00:05 CET
The EU gave the green light Monday to suspend until 24 October airport slot requirements which oblige airlines to use at least 80% of their take-off and landing slots, in order to keep them the following year.

Air passengers entitled to double re-routing compensation, rules EU top Court 12 March 2020, 22:54 CET
Air passengers compensated for a flight cancellation, who agreed to travel on an alternative flight, are also entitled to be compensated for delay in the re-routed flight, the EU's top Court ruled on Thursday.

Coronavirus: Brussels moves to ease slot pressure on airlines 11 March 2020, 17:40 CET
In response to the Coronavirus' impact on airlines, the EU Commission put forward targeted legislation Tuesday to temporarily alleviate airlines from their airport slot usage obligations under EU law.

Gabon airlines taken off EU air safety blacklist 09 December 2019, 23:59 CET
Airlines certified in Gabon were released from the EU's Air Safety List Monday following the country's improvements to aviation safety, but Armenia's Civil Aviation Committee comes under heightened scrutiny.

Ryanair has to return EUR 8.5m illegal state aid: EU 08 August 2019, 23:43 CET
France must recover EUR 8.5 million of illegal state aid made to Ryanair, the EU Commission said Friday, as regional marketing agreements at the airport of Montpellier are illegal under EU state aid rules.

EU funding to modernise air traffic management 'largely unnecessary': auditors 26 June 2019, 13:53 CET
While the EU's regulation for the modernisation of air traffic management has added value, EU funding to support ATM projects was largely unnecessary, says the EU Court of Auditors in a report.