Consulting firm Ambrosetti recently carried out a study, the goal of which was to formulate proposals to advance the European air transport industry, specifically its airports, by identifying current and future risks and opportunities, as well as strategies to boost their competitiveness and efficiency. Steering Committee member Prof Karel Van Miert presented the key findings at the Forum Ambrosetti. Ross Falconer reports.
FlyingMatters, a coalition of trade unions, business and tourism groups, as well as aviation stakeholders, was formed last year to articulate and support the case for the sustainable growth of aviation in the UK. Ross Falconer spoke with the Director of FlyingMatters, Michelle Di Leo.
The European Commission has withdrawn plans to set legal limits to the size of cabin baggage, recognising that the effectiveness of the measure does not justify the additional costs and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.