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EC Takes Action for Open and Connected Aviation Markets

In efforts to safeguard competition and connectivity in aviation, facilitate investments in EU airlines and boost efficiency, the European Commission adopted last week a series of measures as part of its Aviation Strategy for Europe.

Aiming to reinforce the competitiveness of EU aviation, a strong driver of job creation, economic growth and trade, the four initiatives are meant to further support open and connected aviation markets in the EU and beyond directly benefiting EU citizens, workers and businesses.

Initiatives include a legislative proposal for a new tool that will ensure EU airlines can compete on the basis of equal opportunities; Interpretative guidelines on ownership and control of EU airlines; guidelines on public services obligations; practices facilitating continuity of air traffic management in the event of industrial action in efforts to minimize disruption to the European network for airlines and passengers.

As a result of the measures, travelers will benefit from better value flights and a greater choice of travel destinations across Europe and the world. EU airlines, meanwhile, will have improved access to investment and benefit from a more level playing field when operating outside of Europe. This will allow the sector to grow and create jobs in Europe.

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