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Commission welcomes the adoption of the Directive on airport charges by the European Parliament and the Council

Commission Européenne - IP/09/389   11/03/2009

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IP/09/389

Brussels, 11 March 2009

Commission welcomes the adoption of the Directive on airport charges by the European Parliament and the Council

The EU legislators agreed today on a Directive on airport charges. Vice-President Antonio Tajani, responsible for transport said: "I am delighted with this outcome: it is an important first step in addressing airport charges in Community law. Airport charges must be transparent and non-discriminatory, which will benefit the citizens of Europe."

The Directive provides a clear legal framework for setting airport charges and reflects current commercial practices. Once implemented, the new legislation will promote better dialogue between airlines and airports. It is essential to ensure transparency, non-discrimination and appropriate consultation between airlines and airports under an independent regulator in each Member State.

Europe's aviation market can also be seen to be leading the world. The recently revised airport charges policy of the International Civil Aviation Organization has clearly been influenced by the direction the EU is taking, especially on environmental charges.


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