Tuesday, March 15, 2016

IATA Calls on Germany to Improve Passenger and Cargo Sector Aviation Policy

Reorganisation Will Boost Economic Competitiveness
Shipping News Feature
GERMANY – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on the German government to focus on improving the competitiveness of the German air transport sector in the development of its national aviation policy. Speaking at the opening of the World Air Cargo Symposium in Berlin, Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO, said:

“Aviation supports the German economy by underpinning 1.12 million jobs and €77 billion in GDP. But these benefits are under pressure because of onerous taxes, airport infrastructure challenges and the overall inefficiency of European air traffic management. The development of a national aviation policy is an opportunity to address these issues. Doing so will boost Germany’s economic competitiveness by strengthening the foundations on which aviation provides crucial connectivity.”

To build an even stronger base for airlines to link Germany competitively with global markets, government policies must eliminate burdensome taxation, ensure cost-efficient airport infrastructure to meet demand and enable access to reformed and modernised air traffic management systems. Specifically IATA called for the German government to:

  1. Abolish the €1 billion German departure tax: IATA says that by adding €1 billion to the cost of connectivity with the departure tax is counter-productive. Removing it would support job creation, boost trade, and make Germany a more attractive destination for both tourism and business.
  2. Impose no further night flight restrictions at German airports: The 2010 ban on night flights at Frankfurt has seen increased trucking of cargo from Germany to other European air cargo hubs. This results in higher costs and greater carbon emissions. IATA encourages communities, industry and government to work together for a balanced solution to future developments and for the government to keep its word that no further night-use restrictions will be introduced.
  3. Address uncertainties over the opening of Berlin Brandenburg Airport: According to Tyler, years of delay and cost overruns, has led to full operations at Berlin Brandenburg Airport to commence at some point before the end of 2017 or maybe even in 2018. To plan their businesses, airlines need clarity on the opening date and the costs that they will be expected to pay.
  4. Take leadership in the modernisation of European air traffic management: European connectivity suffers under the inefficiencies of a fragmented air traffic management that leads to delays, increased costs and unnecessary carbon emissions. Soon to be released IATA-commissioned research identifies that modernising European air traffic management would lead to the creation of 158,000 jobs and boost German GDP by €45 million in the year 2035.