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Supporting retail activity to increase competitiveness of European aviation

The European Commission adopted on 7 December 2015 a package for an “Aviation Strategy for Europe”.

The Strategy includes:

-        A Commission Communication, identifying challenges and opportunities to improve the competitiveness of the EU aviation sector in the years to come, which includes an indicative action plan, supported by an analytical Commission Staff Working Document;

-        A proposal for a revision of the Aviation Safety Regulation EU 216/2008 including introduction of provisions on drones;

-        A package of requests to negotiate comprehensive EU-level air transport agreements with third countries.

ETRC welcomes the publication of the European Commission’s Aviation Strategy that is intended to encourage greater competitiveness of Europe’s aviation sector and the entire aviation services value chain. In particular, the Aviation Strategy recognises the essential contribution made by non-aeronautical revenue and airport retailing in particular, around 15% of total airport revenues in 2011.

However, ETRC believes more could be done to support commercial revenues at European airports, by creating a policy framework which will allow Europe’s airports to fully exploit their commercial opportunity.

ETRC will work with the Commission, the European Parliament, the European Council and other stakeholders to recognise even further the role of airport retailing in supporting competitiveness of the European aviation system.

ETRC contribution to the EU Consultation on how retail activity can improve the competitiveness of European Aviation, June 2015

In June 2015, ETRC contributed to the public consultation on the Aviation Package for improving the competitiveness of the EU Aviation sector.

Over the past few decades, the EU aviation market has changed considerably. It is now widely agreed that Europe needs to improve the commercial competitiveness of its airports. ETRC believes that duty free and travel retail can make a significant contribution to this goal. Creating a policy framework which will allow Europe’s airports to fully exploit their commercial opportunity is a sensible and straightforward way to help solve what is becoming a systemic funding problem. Without a solid retail and commercial income, airports struggle to invest for the future and to maintain world class facilities. 

ETRC is asking for a greater understanding of the duty free and travel retail channel at EU level, and a greater willingness to help the retail channel continue to flourish. An Action Plan to develop Airport commercial revenue could be transformational in terms of ensuring airports in Europe can be self-sustaining.