EU Aviation Package

Counter, airport © Fotolia/virtabo

A strengthening of competition must be the top priority of the EU aviation package.

What is at stake?

The European aviation sector faces great challenges as a result of international competition.

European and German airlines are falling behind through distortions of competition as well as unilateral European and national measures.

Priorities of German Business

To strengthen competitiveness, the European Commission must finally take decisive action. State intervention in the air transport market – be it through taxes and levies or restrictions on operations – must be verified in advance for competition- distorting consequences and withdrawn as and when necessary.

European and national unilateral measures should be avoided. With the scrapping of the German air transport tax as a competitive disadvantage, airlines could invest around a billion euro (2014: € 1.041 billion, 2013: € 978 million) in R&D in aviation.

BDI champions an aviation agreement which is structured in such a way that it opens up fair market opportunities for German airlines and airports.

In the case of bilateral aviation agreements, rules on illegal state aid and mechanisms for their enforcement and dispute settlement should be put in place with a view to fair competition. The European Commission must flank this more strongly.

Europe and Germany are falling behind in international competition

Growth of airlines in passenger kilometres, a comparions based on 2014 figures, in %

Source: IATA, BDL, 2014

Worldwide air transport will grow at around 5 percent a year over the longer term, but above all in other regions of the world such as Asia or the Middle East. Airlines and airports here have been reporting double-digit growth rates for years. Europe is now in terms of growth in air transport left behind.