Policy issues

Access to Airports

Published on

November 22, 2018

Access to Airports

Every flight starts at the airport. EBAA is aware of the serious challenges that business aviation operators face regarding the ability to access a growing number of key airports in Europe.

Business aviation is a cornerstone of the European air transport value chain, providing its users with an efficient and flexible means of transportation. Access to airports matters:

  • Across Europe: 1,200 airports use business aviation, while only 400 are used by commercial airlines.
  • Connecting from A to B: More than 25,000 airport pairs are only served by business aviation, and are not otherwise connected by scheduled commercial service. That’s 96% of airports, creating a total of 103,000 city-pairs in Europe, more than 3 times the city-pairs provided by scheduled commercial carries.
  • Using smaller airports: Airports with less than 100 departures a day, handle 70% of business aviation flights, compared with 40% of scheduled flights.

EBAA considers access to airports as one of its main priorities and is working on several regulatory developments, including:

  • airport slot allocation,
  • state aid,
  • parking spaces
  • European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) deployment to develop more precise approaches

EBAA calls for regulation that allows business aviation to access the same level as scheduled operators.

EBAA is working with the European Commission, European Parliament and EU member states to retain fair and equitable access for business aviation at regional airports across Europe where continued access is threatened by the growth of scheduled carriers, benefiting from automatic preferential rights.