The European Commission has withdrawn plans to set legal limits to the size of cabin baggage, recognising that the effectiveness of the measure does not justify the additional costs and inconvenience to travellers. It is a move welcomed by Europe’s airports and airlines. Ross Falconer reports.
Due to Commissioner Franco Frattini’s appointment as foreign minister in Silvio Berlusconi’s new government at home in Italy, Antonio Tajani has been nominated to replace him as Italy’s representative in the European Commission. Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has opted to transfer the Justice, Freedom and Security portfolio to Transport Commissioner and Vice President Jacques Barrot. This means that Antonio Tajani is currently set to be the new EU Transport Commissioner. Report by Ross Falconer and Robert O’Meara.
From 26 July this year, EU airports will become responsible for providing assistance to passengers with reduced mobility (PRMs). This assistance must be provided to PRMs departing, arriving and transiting at EU airports. Efficient implementation of the new Regulation requires the creation of smooth communication channels for the transmission of PRM information from airlines/tour operators/travel agents to airports. As such, a PRM Notification Tool was approved at the IATA Reservation Committee on 10 October 2007 and has become an IATA Recommended Practice Document. Ross Falconer reports.
The European Commission Conference ‘Towards a More Performing European Aviation System’ took place in Brussels on 22 January. Relevant stakeholders engaged in frank and open dialogue on the significant challenges facing the European air transport sector, covering areas including capacity, safety, security, efficiency and the environment. Ross Falconer reports.