Up in the air: the state of aviation in Europe

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A report by European Voice this week examines the state of Europe’s aviation industry as it faces challenges from inside and outside its borders.

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Airlines in Europe are feeling pressure from two fronts. On one hand, efforts by the European Commission to liberalise the sector – for instance, giving airlines more options for baggage handlers and limiting the ways in which regions can restrict airport noise – have been strongly resisted by MEPs and member states. At the same time, the Commission is imposing new burdens on airlines in the form of Emissions Trading Scheme charges.

At a time when China is massively expanding its air travel infrastructure, European investment in airports has been slow. Efforts to expand existing airports, such as building a third runway at London’s Heathrow, have met with local protest. Are European airlines and airports losing a competitive edge?

And as aviation continues to strive to reduce emissions, how can new technologies and designs contribute to this process?

European Voice will examine these issues and more in its special report on air transport, published on 31 January.

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Throughout the year European Voice takes an in-depth look at some of the main issues affecting Europe. Our reports cover everything from the future of food to changing healthcare and the single market. Our specialist reporters concentrate on the issues that are most important, including healthcare and finance, or bringing you the latest inside information on the change of Council presidencies. For news, features and the facts on the subjects affecting the headlines, European Voice’s Special Reports are your most reliable source.

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Established in 1995 by The Economist Group, European Voice is the market-leader for news and comment about the European Union and the implications of EU policy on its member states. We pride ourselves on high-quality, authoritative journalism and in-depth analysis of the issues that matter. We aim to understand and explain the complexities of the EU, to be a forum for debate, and to cross all policy areas as we bring readers informed and insightful news and opinions

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