The European Commission is currently reviewing the Air Services Regulation (Regulation (EC) 1008/2008) to ensure it is in line with moves to make aviation more sustainably, smarter, more resilient and socially responsible.
As stated in the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy, reviewing the Regulation will help prepare the air services sector for the future, while continuing to ensure connectivity and competition, protect consumer interests, and preserve high quality employment.
The Air Services Regulation sets common rules for air services in the EU, including on operating licence requirements, the freedom to provide services, and how prices should be displayed to consumers.
An evaluation published prior to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019 concluded that these rules need some adjustment. The air services sector now faces new challenges, such as decarbonisation and becoming digitally smarter, more resilient and socially responsible – the objectives set out in the European Green Deal and the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy. The air services sector is also one of those hit hardest by the COVID-19-pandemic.
The European Commission is inviting the public and stakeholders to express their opinion on the problems that this initiative aims to tackle, the possible objectives of revising the Regulation, as well as the measures under consideration that could address the problems identified. Input received as part of the consultation will contribute to the Impact Assessment on the revision of the Air Services Regulation, which the European Commission is currently undertaking.
Link to the public consultation: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/13255-Revision-of-the-Air-Services-Regulation_en
The questionnaire is available in English and will be available in all the other EU languages as of 15 March 2022.
- Publication date
- 7 March 2022
- Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport