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Regulation EU 1008/2008 – Air services

Latest update February 2020


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ERA's current position

As part of this evaluation, Ricardo will consult with key stakeholders to collect views on the application, effects and performance of the Regulation and as such have been in touch with ERA, who fully support the initiative and will cotinue to monitor in the best interests of its members.


Latest update February 2020: During the 13th Florence Air Forum on Air Services Regulation, organised by the Transport Area of the Florence School of Regulation, policy makers, industry representatives and academics exchanged views on the refined policy options developed by the Commission for the various areas identified in the evaluation of the Regulation published in July 2019. The discussions took place in the following thematic sessions :

  1. ownership and control;
  2. operating license and principal place of business and temporary licence;
  3. applicable labour law and competent jurisdiction; 
  4. leasing;
  5. price transparency;
  6. traffic distribution rules; and
  7. public service obligations.

The workshop also provided an opportunity for a discussion on the Air Services Regulation in the context of the Commission’s Green deal.  

July 2019:  The European Commission, in its own evaluation (called Staff Working Document) concluded, that besides bringing the EU added value by removing barriers to competition, increasing the number of flights, allowing entry of new market operators and improving air connectivity in Europe, improvement is needed in three priority areas of the Air Services Regulation: operating license provisions, O&C provisions (including home base) and traffic distribution rules. Other areas where change needs to be considered are dry - and wet leasing ("the existing prior approval for intra-EEA dry and wet leasing hinders the efficiency of airlines’ operations unnecessarily"), price transparency and PSO rules (notions are very general and the contracts are perceived as complex procedures). The full text of the Staff Working Document can be reached through the following link, while the executive summary of the evaluation can be found here.

12/04/2018: The Working Party on Aviation met on 16 April to discuss the revised Presidency compromise on Regulation 868/2004 concerning protection against subsidisation and unfair pricing practices. The meeting agenda can be downloaded from the top of this page.

The consultants have prepared an online survey questionnaire for air carriers operating in the European Economic Area (EEA). Please see  the link to online survey: Your contribution is crucial for the success of the study. Your responses will be used to help assess the actual performance of interventions in terms of achieving their objectives, as well as the overall impacts (both intended and unintended) on societal and economic issues. Please note that the survey will run for six weeks. The deadline for responses is 9 April 2018. If you have any questions about the survey, the Ricardo team can be reached at Naturally ERA is also here to assist with any questions you may have. Please find a link to the Commission Inception Impact Assessment, along with the Regulation itself for your convenience, under useful links on this page. ERA cannot stress enough the opportunity for feedback from its members and encourage you to actively take part. Should you wish to submit any areas of concern to ERA, please do not hesitate do so. ERA takes part in an interview later in the month with Ricardo and will revert to members with an update.