Airline News - Europe.


New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Europe) Jul 3, 2011

Europe and U.S. in legal clash over airline emissions U.S. airlines will step up their campaign against European Union climate policy next week, with a legal challenge at Europe's highest court to their inclusion in the EU carbon market. The EU aims to lead the world in fighting climate change, and says it needs to put a price on carbon dioxide emissions to guard against future climate impacts such as crop failures, droughts or flooding. From January 2012, airlines flying to or from Europe will have to buy permits from the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme for 15 percent of the carbon emissions they produce. They join 11,000 factories and power plants already in the scheme. Airlines warn of a looming trade war, but the EU says it will not back down. The carriers say their emissions should only be tackled in United Nations bodies, such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The U.S. government demands an exemption. And on July 5, the Air Transport Association of America (ATA), American Airlines and United Continental will seek to overturn the EU scheme at Europe's highest court. EU officials say the international talks at ICAO have dragged on since 1997 without bearing fruit and they can wait no longer to start dealing with airlines' emissions. EU lawyers will argue at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg that the EU only included aviation in its emissions scheme after receiving implicit approval from the U.N. body. They will also point to the fact that airlines themselves chose the scheme -- in preference to other tools such as eco-taxes or charges on jet fuel. That stance is well documented. Jul 1, 2011

Bad airport experiences have led close to four million travellers to give up flying Four Million Britons Give up Flying Dueto Airport Stress. Bad airport experiences have led close to four million travellers to give up flying altogether, with more than a third of Britons who have flown now claiming the airport experience is more stressful than the working week. According to new findings from life assistance company CPP, despite taking a flight to pave the way for rest and relaxation, four in ten (42%) people say airports make them feel stressed and close to a quarter (23%) find the prospect of getting on to their flight as stress inducing if not more stressful than moving house. The problem has become so rife that one in ten (9%) of us are now avoiding flying altogether as a result. The most nerve-wracking parts of the airport experience include flight delays, mislaying belongings and getting to the gate on time - all of which mean close to half of travellers find it difficult to relax until they're safely on the plane and a similar number (45%) believe the holiday doesn't start until they've left the airport. But it's no wonder that Britons are so worried about making it to the gate on time - over 2.9 million travellers have missed a flight in the past, while one in five of us (20%) have had to run to the gate with minutes to spare. The problem is exacerbated on the other side of the border, with four in ten (41%) holidaymakers struggling to find their way around foreign airports as a result of the language barrier. The evolution of flight charges, which now sees many airlines charging for checked in baggage, also has a negative impact on stress levels, as do more recently implemented security measures such as liquids not being accepted in traveller's hand luggage. Studies have shown that the airport experience is having significant...

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