The future of EU air transport in and after the Corona crisis

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Practical information

  1. Composition of the study group
  2. Administrator: António RIBEIRO PEREIRA , Assistant: Nadezhda SERTOVA
  3. Foreseen for the TEN Section meeting:  3 September 2020
  4. Foreseen for the EESC Plenary session:  16-17 September 2020
  5. Background
  6. The COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on the aviation sector. The liquidity crisis in the aviation sector may lead to insolvencies within a few months if left unaddressed. The aviation sector is of strategic importance to the European Union, and makes a vital contribution to the EU's overall economy and employment. Therefore, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on this sector can have wider consequences of the EU economy, as well as for connectivity, trade, affordability and choice of travel, the effect of which will be felt for an extensive period. Lower demand, border closure and temporary restrictions on air travel connections inside the EU and between the EU and large international markets mean that passenger air travel is likely to further decline significantly.

    In order to ease the impact of this pandemic, an ambitious and coordinated policy response is necessary.