EBAA joins urgent call for action from the assembled European aviation sector

EBAA signed a declaration, alongside 19 other European aviation associations calling for a bold strategy for a sustainable recovery of European aviation.

On 16 November 2020, European associations collectively representing the entire European aviation sector, including airlines, airports, air navigation service providers, aeronautical manufacturing, trade unions, non-governmental organisations for environmental and consumer action, service providers, ground-handling services, the duty free and travel retail sector, airport coordinators, general and business aviation, express carriers, travel agents, tour operators, travel distributors, and the entire tourism sector, have come together in the European Aviation Round Table because the gravity of the crisis threatening aviation in Europe calls for unprecedented action.

EBAA joined the associations to launch joint proposals for the recovery and relaunch of our sector towards and in a post-COVID-19 world. With this appeal, we call upon all policymakers in the EU and its Member States to take swift and decisive joint action to save our sector:

  • Recognising the vital socio-economic role played by aviation and tourism in Europe and around the world, allowing companies and nations to trade successfully, providing jobs and regional and global connectivity by fostering social contacts between people, societies and communities worldwide;
  • Recalling that the EU aviation sector supports almost 10 million jobs and €672 billion in European Union economic activity, including 4.2% of all EU jobs and 4.2% of the EU’s GDP;
  • Stressing that aviation is a key economic sector which has been hit first and hit hardest by the COVID-19 crisis, which is having an unprecedented and devastating impact and which necessitates urgent action to stabilise the sector and put it back on a path towards a sustainable recovery and future, operationally, financially, socially and environmentally;
  • Recognising that the aviation sector cannot merely wait for a resumption of business as usual and that urgent action is required so that aviation can continue to be a primary enabler of our global economy in the future;

The full declaration can be downloaded on the left.