European Airlines can deliver on Europe's Growth Ambitions

Today the CEOs of 34 major European airlines warned European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas that Europes economic recovery could be jeopardised if regulators do not create the conditions that airlines need to stimulate growth for other industries and the wider economy.
Vice-President Kallas met with the CEOs in Brussels, where just hours before European leaders held a summit to discuss prospects for EU growth.

We welcome the Commissions efforts to push through the Single European Sky, but we are furious that the largest EU Member States are simply not delivering, said Lufthansa CEO Christoph Franz. This fragmentation is ridiculous and unacceptable. The Commission must stand firm, rejecting every national performance plan that falls short of the EU-wide target. We will give them our full support in this initiative.

International Airlines Group CEO Willie Walsh also urged the Commission to break the current deadlock over the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS): The Commission must diffuse tensions on ETS and take concrete steps to achieve a global solution. We cant deliver growth with a trade war hanging over us. We need action, not denial.

There is a fundamental disconnect between the vital economic role of European airlines and the burdens that we face, concluded Mr Gustin. We are sick and tired of European fragmentation and misguided regulation hampering our ability to support growth and jobs. This needs to change and we are ready to work with the Commission and Member States on solutions.
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