Eurocontrol defers airline payments

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The Eurocontrol member states, among which are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia and Montenegro, have agreed a financial package enabling airlines to defer the payment of up to 1.1 billion euros in air traffic control fees to Europe’s air traffic management regulators in the coming months. As a result of Covid-19, the number of flights operating daily in European airspace has declined by 90%. This dramatic reduction in operations is likely to continue for a number of weeks to come and therefore the airline industry had sought the support of Eurocontrol member states to help it deal with its sudden and significant cash flow crisis. Eurocontrol’s Director General, Eamonn Brennan, said, “I am really delighted that our member states have approved this essential measure. It will provide much needed liquidity support. Many airlines contacted Eurocontrol to confirm that they would not be in a position to facilitate their next payments. With traffic down 90%, our member states have clearly recognised the shared challenge. This payment deferral will ease the immediate burden on airlines, and it provides certainty on financial planning to both airlines and the air navigation service providers (ANSPs) on when payments will be made after the crisis has abated”. He added, “It is important to acknowledge the overwhelming support provided by our member states for this measure, along with their air navigation service providers, as it provides vital assistance to the airline industry in their hour of need”.

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  1. Anonymous16:40

    Good move. At least some relief for airlines.

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    1. Anonymous19:26

      35 bilion $ for flights airlines cancelled and not refunded to passangers is not enough?!

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  2. Anonymous19:25

    35 billion $ in tickets for flights that airlines cancelled and do not refund to passangers is not enough?!

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  3. Anonymous20:22

    Israel?

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    1. Anonymous20:39

      Morocco?

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    2. Anonymous20:51

      Both country are in Eurocontrol single sky agreement.

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  4. notLufthansa11:42

    this is crap, Air Traffic Control represents between 5 and 12 % in their costs. Withouth that money, ANSPS can close their doors, but wait, they can't, because they are obliged to operate no matter what

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  5. Anonymous15:52

    ANSP costs are drops in the ocean for airlines because on average they represent around 5% of the total costs. On the other hand in Europe they are and will always be considered as unnnecessary evil becuase they are 2x higher than those in the US. Thats why ATCO have god like status in Europe with exceptionally high salaries while in US they are just ordinary government workers.

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