Thursday, January 23, 2014

Prohibition on Baggage Fees Found to Violate EU Law

European Court of Justice Advocate General Yves Bot issued an opinion today declaring that a Spanish law prohibiting carriers from charging additional fees for checked baggage violates Article 22 of EU Regulation 1008/2008 which allows carriers to freely set air fares and rates.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Frankfurt Begins Airport Charge Refund Incentive Program

On January 1, Frankfurt Airport introduced FRAConnect, a program by which the airport will refund portions of carriers' airport charges for airlines that can achieve a 1% increase in passengers served via the airport on international routes, but only if that growth is achieved through the use of aircraft meeting the appropriate noise standards. To be eligible airlines must serve a minimum of 7,500 departing passengers. More details about the program are available here. Frankfurt's program could prove to be a valuable case study in the use of airport charges as an incentive to attract traffic and reduce noise.

 

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Russia, Armenia Agree to Liberalize Air Transport

Russia and Armenia have announced an agreement to remove all restrictions on the number of carriers, frequencies, aircraft types and number of destinations on service between the two countries.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Links for 2014

Having returned from the between-semester hiatus, we thought it appropriate to use our first post of 2014 to collect some of the stories that came out while we were on break.

  • The FAA announced the selection of six operators that will conduct research on and test unmanned aircraft systems.
  • The National Transportation Safety Board has begun investigating Sunday's crash of a Bombardier C-600 in Aspen, Colorado.
  • The recent severe cold spell across much of the United States has taken a heavy toll on commercial air transport.
  • CNN offers a glimpse of what's ahead for air travel in 2014.

January 7, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)