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ERA’s objective in its work on policy and technical issues is to protect members from burdensome regulation, to raise the profile of our sector, promote its contribution to Europe and to focus and prioritise on regulatory and technical issues which are relevant to regional airlines.

ERA's Policy and Technical department deals with a wide range of issues for members and ERA Groups, workshops, conference calls and webexs are arranged to address topics of greatest interest or perceived threats to members. There are also regular updates on the Policy and Technical department's activities via social media, Members' Update, the regular policy documents and Regional International.

Norwegian ambitions for electric aircraft

The report on Norwegian ambitions for establishing the electrification of short-haul passenger aircraft was published in March...

Second Sustainability & Environment Advisory Council (SEAC/2)

On 25 March the second Sustainability and Environment Advisory Council (SEAC/2) took place to discuss the impacts of COVID-19...

Ecolabel working group

On 24 March the Airline Working Group met to further discuss developments on the EASA Ecolabel initiative.

Please find...

ERA supports Flight Safety Foundation initiative

ERA members were asked to contribute to a Flight Safety Foundation initiative in the production of a roadmap of supplemental...

ERA Operations Group

The ERA Operations Group met on 11 March, where a number of key operational issues were discussed, including the latest...

UK to leave EASA

In a move away from a previously-stated position under former Prime Minister Theresa May where UK ministers had expressed an...

Ground handling-related work streams

In context of ground handling (GH), there are several works streams in which ERA has been involved in order to keep its...

ERA presentation at the European Parliament

A working breakfast titled 'Higher Cost for European Consumers and SMEs through Airline Consolidation; took place in the...

EU261 new proposal of the Croatian presidency

Continuing the work that has started under the Croatian presidency, the Aviation Working Party discussed a new text on APR...

ERA lobbies EASA SAB over EU261

Following on from the publication of the ERA study on EU261, ERA representatives were able to outline in more detail our...

ICAO Council adopts CORSIA emissions units

On 13 March, the ICAO Council agreed on the eligible emissions units to be used for CORSIA compliance. The decision is based...

European Commission round table on sustainable aviation fuels

The European Commission is planning an initiative to promote the production and uptake of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF)....

PRB says states need to revise plans

The Performance Review Body (PRB) of the Single European Sky (SES) has published a report on the assessment of the performance...

Digitally Connected Airports Conference

EUROCONTROL, in collaboration with ACI EUROPE, hosted a conference on 27 February focussed on meeting the capacity demand for...

On a flight path towards Sustainable Aviation Fuels

On 27 February, ERA took part in the International Petroleum (IP) Week and participated in a panel discussion on sustainable...

Airport Charges Directive Workshop

Based on the broad policy options laid down in the 2017 Inception Impact Assessment and the detailed individual policy...

Florence Air Forum on Air Services Regulation

The 13th Florence Air Forum on Air Services Regulation, organised by the Transport Area of the Florence School of Regulation,...

EU261 proposals by the Croatian presidency

The Croatian presidency has started discussions on air passenger rights legislation at Council level, with the ambitious aim...

ERA supports NM Operational Excellence Workshop

On 13/14 February, ANSPs, Airspace User Associations, airports and the military met at EUROCONTROL to take part in the Network...

Debate on SAF in EU Parliament

On 4 February, ERA took part in the debate on Sustainable Aviation Fuel for Future Aviation in Europe. The debate took place...

EASA Ecolabel initiative

If you are a member, you may access the information in the attached file.

For more information or if you would like to...

ERA Policy Asks

ERA (European Regions Airline Association) is a trade association representing the European aviation industry. Our membership...

Publication of the Steer study on EU261

Following the release of the study ordered by the European Commission and conducted by the consultancy Steer on the current...

NM User Forum addresses sustainability

On 29-30 January, EUROCONTROL’s Network Manager (NM) held their annual User Forum which was attended by over 300 aviation...

Co-ordinated capacity mitigations for summer 2020

Whilst delay performance for last summer was an improvement on that seen in 2018, sub-optimal flight trajectories will again...

Aviation Sustainability Summit – ACI

On 22 January 2020, ACI Europe organised the Aviation Sustainability Summit in Brussels. The event, held under the patronage...

CEFA meeting – 24 January

On 24 January 2020, the first Council for Environmentally Friendly Aviation associations meeting of 2020 was held, organised...

ERA discusses UK plans with DfT

Last week, ERA met with the UK Department for transport for updates on the UK’s EU exit and international strategy. Items...

Safety promotion meeting on Lithium batteries

An EASA-led team focussing on safety promotion regarding Lithium battery fires in the cabin held an inaugural meeting on 15...

Public consultation on ETS state aid guidelines

From 14 January 2020, citizens, organisations and public authorities have been asked to contribute to the public consultation...

Flightpath ‘Sustainable Fuels for Aviation in Europe’

On 27 November, the final full-day event of EU H2020 project FlightPath ‘Sustainable Fuels for Aviation in Europe’ took place...

Energy Taxation Directive

On 5 December 2019, the ECFIN Council took place and among other things, discussed the revision of the Energy Taxation...

Eurocontrol Provisional Council meeting

Eurocontrol held the 52nd session of its governance meeting, the Provisional Council, at the agency headquarters on 28...

The importance of cargo in Europe

‘Air Cargo: Europe’s Bridge to the Global Economy’ took place on 4 December in Brussels with the purpose to demonstrate the...

European Green Deal

Climate change is a top priority for the new European Commission. With that in mind, today, Wednesday 11 December 2019, the...

High-Level Conference on Drones 2019

The 2019 High-Level Conference on Drones was held in Amsterdam on 5–6 December. The two-day event was an excellent opportunity...

Stakeholder Advisory Group on Aviation Security

The Stakeholder Advisory Group on Aviation Security (SAGAS) holds five meetings per year and is attended by industry...

SES joint letter sent to Transport Ministers

In relation to the upcoming European Union Transport Council on 2 December, ERA co-signed a joint industry letter calling...

EC Workshop on Package Travel Directive

On 26 November, the European Commission organised a workshop in Brussels on the application of Directive 2015/2302/EU on...

CCO/CDO Task Force meeting

On 26 November, ERA attended the seventh meeting of the CCO/CDO Task Force at Eurocontrol in Brussels. The meeting addressed...

IAG meets at EBAA’s Brussels office

The third IAG meeting of the year was held on 12 November in Brussels, following the Sustainable Connectivity-themed working...

Highlighting EU261 safety implications

To support the concerns of its members, ERA published a study last month highlighting the impact of EU261 and the negative...

ECA – ETS Free Allowances

On 7 November ERA was invited to the European Court of Auditors to discuss the EU ETS Free Allowances.

The European...

EU finance ministers call for aviation taxation

Nine EU finance ministers (from Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Sweden)...

Position paper – safe integration of drones

On 11 November, ERA along with other European aviation associations published a joint paper, titled 'We are ALL ONE in the Sky...

EASA’s “Environmental Label Programme” – Stakeholders Workshop

On 24 October 2019, EASA held a workshop to exchange on the current status of the Environmental Label Programme and provide...

Latest Eurocontrol safety team meeting

The Eurocontrol Safety Team is a specialist advisory body established within the framework of Eurocontrol driving safety...

ERA signs joint stakeholder declaration on the future of the Single European Sky (SES)

ERA, with other representatives of the ATM stakeholders, has signed a joint declaration recognising that, as a result of how...

Joint Aviation Sustainability event

On 15 October, a Joint Aviation Sustainability Event took place in Brussels. The event was organised by IATA and ATAG along...

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council debate

On 20 September 2019, the Council held an extensive...

Sustainable pathways to future aviation

On 26 September, ERA attended the Sustainable Pathways to Future Aviation event in Brussels organised by the City of...

Digital European Sky – the future of SES

The European Commission, together with the Finnish presidency organised a high-level conference to contribute to the growing...

Florence Air Forum on slots allocation

The 11th Florence Air Forum on ‘Navigating Towards a More Efficient Airport Slots Allocation Regime in Europe’, organised by...

Publication of Strategy for Cybersecurity in Aviation

Under the European Strategic Coordination Platform (ESCP) initiative, representatives of European aviation stakeholders, as...

EC appoints new PRB members

The Performance Review Body (PRB) provides independent advice and expertise to the EC to improve the performance of air...

EC issues Staff Working Documents

The EC has issued its evaluation of Regulation 1008/2008 (the Air Services Regulation) and the Airport Charges Directive 2009/...

Repetitive Flight Plans phase out 2020

The Network Manager, designated by the European Commission has decided to phase out Repetitive Flight Plans across the network...

Calls for closure of small regional airports

An environmental group called Transport & Environment has made shocking policy recommendations for the industry in its in-...

ERA responds to UK Government Aviation 2050 Green Paper

In December 2018 the UK Government published its consultation on a new aviation strategy: ‘Aviation 2050: the future of UK...

European Commission adopts SES RP3 targets

The European Commission adopted performance targets for air navigation services for the period 2020–2024 (Single European Sky...

Eurocontrol request for flight plan adherence

Eurocontrol’s Network Manager has reported that there has been an increase in the number of ATC flight plans which have been...

New EASA–Eurocontrol combined stakeholders’ group

ERA has been elected to chair the new EASA-Eurocontrol combined CNS stakeholders’ consultation group which aims to maximise...

UK Airline Insolvency Review – publication of final report

The UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling commissioned the review following the collapse of Monarch Airlines in October 2017,...

‘We are all one in the sky’

There is only one sky and all stakeholders, new and traditional, need to collaborate to keep it safe, secure, efficient and...

UK CAA Brexit guidance for operators

If no deal for leaving the EU is agreed between the EU and the UK, Airline Operating Licence and Air Operator’s Certificate (...

ERA regional airline pilot supply study

ERA is proposing commissioning a study to determine the challenges faced by regional and small European airlines in ensuring a...