September 26, 2019
26 September, 2019 (Vienna). The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), jointly with the Austrian Business Aviation Association (ABAA), has called on European and national legislative and regulatory authorities to engage in a constructive dialogue with the industry, to design inclusive and ambitious aviation policies for all airspace stakeholders.
A significant contribution to the European economy
During a forum held today at Palais Coburg in Vienna, entitled “Austrian Competitiveness: What Role for Business Aviation?”, EU and national officials together with industry highlighted the significant contribution business aviation makes to the European economy:
- 87 billion euros economic output;
- 374,000 direct and indirect jobs;
- A based fleet: 3,700 aircraft;
- 8% of European traffic;
- 70 medical flights per day.
To unleash the sector’s fullest potential, though, business aviation leaders called on governments to prioritize the creation of comprehensive and inclusive national aviation strategies that enable improved connectivity, efficiency and cohesion across the EU.
To continue our contribution to businesses and citizens, and to be able to meet the expectations of future generations, the business aviation industry and national and European officials must work together to draft well-informed, ambitious and practical aviation policies in every Member State, for the sustained growth of EuropeAthar Husain Khan, EBAA Secretary-General
Austria can become the most attractive place for business aviation in Europe, providing that all stakeholders, including policymakers, closely cooperate and engage in a constructive dialogueKonstantin Essler, ABAA Chairman
Politics has to be a partner for the private sector in developing Austria as a competitive business locationAndreas Ottenschlaeger, Member of Parliament, Transport Committee National Council of Austria
Creating an effective aviation strategy
During the forum, industry experts highlighted several challenges within Austria’s existing aviation framework, which echo similar concerns in other EU countries and thus require critical focus:
- Disproportionate regulations treat airline and business aviation operations as if they are one in the same. Austrian legislation does not currently recognize the significant variances between how business aircraft and scheduled airliners are operated and handled. Current regulations for ground handling services are a case in point. The applicable European and National Civil Aviation Regulations should better consider the different nature of business aircraft operation – and thus the different associated risks – compared to scheduled airlines.
- Burdensome bureaucracy and excessive costs for aircraft registration led to a sharp decline in business aircraft registrations between 2008 and 2018 in Austria. The business aviation industry recommends adapted processes for business aircraft registration, phase-in/phase-out and operation in Austria to better suit needs.
- Not all airspace stakeholders in Austria have a seat at the table to co-create safe, fair and effective policies. The business aviation industry is calling on all airspace stakeholders to establish a joint working platform with Austrian policymakers to discuss each segment’s needs and identify priorities for air transport improvements.