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“Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich” satellite successfully lifted off into space on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

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The Airbus-built European ocean satellite "Copernicus Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich" has successfully begun its “Seeing-the-Seas” mission. On 21 November 2020 the satellite lifted off from...

State aid: European Commission closes investigation into public support for Air Nostrum’s fleet renewal in Spain

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The European Commission has closed its in-depth investigation into Spanish public support to regional airline Air Nostrum for the renewal of its fleet. In October 2019,...

European Commission to extend select measures for coronavirus-hit aviation sector

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Some of the temporary provisions introduced in May to ease the financial pressure on aviation operators and groundhandlers are to be extended into 2021,...

Boeing WTO case: The EU puts in place countermeasures against U.S. exports, including a 15% tariff on aircraft

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The European Commission's regulation increasing tariffs on U.S. exports into the EU worth $4 billion will be published in the Official Journal of the...

Boeing WTO case: the EU gets formal green light to impose duties on U.S. imports

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Today, the Dispute Settlement Body of World Trade Organization (WTO) formally authorised the EU to take countermeasures against the United States. The EU can...

European Commission extends slot waiver to relieve burdened aviation sector and avoid emissions

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On 14 October, the European Commission adopted an extension to the waiver of EU rules on the use of airport slots. As a result,...

EU ministers have reached an agreement on the coordination of measures restricting free movement in the European Union related to the coronavirus pandemic

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Statement of the European Commission Following the proposal of the Commission on 4 September 2020, today EU ministers have reached an agreement that will provide...

State aid: European Commission approves €19.3 million Romanian loan guarantee to compensate TAROM for damage suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak

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The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a loan guarantee of up to around €19.3 million (approximately RON 94 million) in...

European Commission approves €2.2 million Belgian state aid measures to support Flemish airports in the context of the coronavirus outbreak

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The European Commission has approved €2.2 million Belgian aid measures to support the operators of Flemish airports (Antwerp airport, Ostend-Bruges airport and Kortrijk airport)...

European Commission proposes upgrade of Single European Sky for a more sustainable air traffic management – A4E asks for more

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Today, the European Commission is proposing an upgrade of the Single European Sky regulatory framework which comes on the heels of the European Green...

Airlines for Europe issues “Last Call” for common EU approach to COVID-19 travel restrictions

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Adoption of common criteria and thresholds to evaluate the epidemiological risk of travel; Adherence to a European colour-coded map updated weekly and...

European Commission proposes a common approach (with a common colour code) to travel measures

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On 4 September, the Commission has adopted a proposal for a Council Recommendation to ensure that any measures taken by Member States that restrict free movement...

European Commission approves €199.45 million Italian support to compensate Alitalia for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak

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The European Commission has found Italian €199.45 million support in favour of Alitalia to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure...

EU delivers additional emergency assistance to Lebanon following the explosion in Beirut

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Today a second European Union (EU) Humanitarian Airbridge flight landed in Beirut, Lebanon, delivering 12 tonnes of essential humanitarian supplies and medical equipment, including...

Coronavirus Global Response: European Union organises a humanitarian air bridge from Lyon to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

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A flight from the European Union (EU) humanitarian air bridge will land in Abidjan today, carrying medical equipment and PPE for Ivorian health personnel. The...

State aid: European Commission approves €290 million Belgian support to Brussels Airlines in the context of the coronavirus outbreak

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On July 24th, Brussels Airlines announced that it had reached an agreement with the Belgian Federal Government and Lufthansa to secure the future of Belgium’s...

State aid: European Commission approves €62 million Romanian loan guarantee to compensate Blue Air for damage suffered due to coronavirus outbreak and provide the airline with urgent liquidity support

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The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Romanian loan guarantee of up to around €62 million (approximately RON 301 million)...

State aid: European Commission approves €133 million Portuguese liquidity support to SATA airline; opens investigation into other public support measures

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The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, €133 million in liquidity support to SATA Air Açores (SATA). The aid will allow...

State aid: European Commission approves €1 billion Danish and Swedish measure to recapitalise SAS

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The European Commission has approved Danish and Swedish plans to contribute up to SEK 11 billion (approximately €1 billion) to the recapitalisation of SAS....

State aid: European Commission approves €30 million Estonian measure to support Nordica in the context of the coronavirus outbreak

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The European Commission has approved a €30 million Estonian measure to provide a share capital increase and a subsidised interest loan to the state-owned...

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