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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 breakfast at the European Parliament. The meeting, hosted by EBAA, started with an update on aviation policy files. Representatives of the Aviation Policy Unit of DG MOVE gave an overview on the current status of the evaluation of Regulation 1008/2008 and the Airport Charges Directive, the ongoing impact assessment study of the Slots Regulation and the planned schedule of the possible revision of the Code of Conduct on CRS. Next on the agenda, IATA addressed the urgency of revising EU261 in a clear and fair manner for both airlines and passengers, providing a binding and non-exhaustive list of extraordinary circumstances and offering an easier way to submit claims. Afterwards, participants had the chance to learn about ERA’s recent industry affairs activities, and the work that has been conducted on behalf and for the members since the last meeting.

The afternoon session began with an update on Brexit. Representatives of the UK Department for Transport highlighted the state of play and airline preparedness, stressing that the DfT is prepared to assist airlines operating to and from the UK in all possible scenarios. The next agenda items focussed on environmental issues: ERA provided information about the current aviation taxes and mandates around Europe, complemented by the status of several members' home countries (Sweden, France and Germany).  An update on the association’s sustainable aviation study, which is currently being developed, was also given. During the closing session, delegates had the chance to learn about the environmental outcomes of Amadeus's technology solutions. The meeting was closed by members electing a new IAG chair to take the seat from 2020. All the presentations from the IAG meeting are accessible at ERA’s website here.