A4E Welcomes EU Airspace Initiative, Calls on Member States to Implement

A4E welcomes the EU Commission’s initiative to enhance airspace efficiency, and calls on Member States for urgent implementation. Air Traffic Control (ATC) strikes seriously affect the functioning of the internal market. Airlines support protection of overflights to ensure continuity of […]

During 12th French ATC Strike in 13 Weeks, Ryanair Urges EU Take Decisive Action

The EU must act to “alleviate the impact” of repeated French ATC Union strikes on passengers, says Ryanair, which has cancelled 166 flights to and from France on Tuesday (28 June). In a statement sent on Monday, Ryanair says flight […]

The Row Over Airport Charges Intensifies: ACI-EU and A4E at Odds on “Tills”

Cologne Bonn Airport © FCMedia 2016

The debate between A4E and ACI-Europe intensified this week as ACI-Europe released a new study tackling claims made by A4E that airport charges are excessive.

Speaking with A4E’s Managing Director, Thomas Reynaert, during the IATA Annual General Meeting last week, he explained the association’s complaints on charges at Europe’s airports, saying:

“We believe that there are still too many instances within the EU where airports are in a monopolistic or quasi-monopolistic situation. Where we are not being allowed..there’s no possibility to have decent commercial negotiations with the airports.”

A4E Calls On EU to Curb “Summer of Discontent” As French ATC Strikes Start Today

The Association for European Airlines, A4E, has repeated its call to governments and the European Commission to act as Europe faces the fourth French ATC strike in less than two months.

SAS Debating Membership in A4E, Says Gustafson

During the IATA Ops Conference in Copenhagen, Flight Chic asked SAS CEO Rickard Gustafson whether the airline would consider joining the newly founded A4E airline association which has recently added Norwegian and Finnair among its members, and in which SAS partner Lufthansa is already an active member.

Easter Holidays Start as You Thought They Might with French ATC Strike

French Air Traffic Controllers have once again gone on strike creating chaos and delays at European Airports in time for the first day of Spring and the start of the Easter holiday travel season.

According to data from Flightradar24, the top five airports on Sunday were Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, London Gatwick, Porto, and Lisbon.

Finnair, Norwegian Become Latest A4E Members

Based in Brussels, A4E was launched in January by founding members Air France KLM, easyJet, International Airlines Group, Lufthansa Group and Ryanair, with Norwegian and Finnair are the latest additions to the group and the first Nordic airlines to join the alliance.