Airlines based outside the EU could face protectionist measures against them after the European Parliament’s Transport Committee voted to update the EU’s competition rules today. The revision to the EU’s aviation rules would allow the EU Commission to impose penalties on third-country airlines before complaints against them have been properly investigated. The plans would also allow the Commission to sanction airlines flying under Member States own bilateral aviation deals.
Transport MEPs voted on new rules to better protect EU air carriers and to ensure fair competition in air transport.
The Transport Committee has voted by a strong majority in favour of a new trade defence instrument to protect European airlines from unfair competition from abroad. EPP Group Rapporteur Markus Pieper said: “The new regulation – Safeguarding Competition in Air Transport – plugs an important gap in our legislation. It provides European airlines with an effective tool to enforce fair competition. We need to use the current favourable economic situation to prepare for worse times and for potential trade disputes in the area of air transport.”