A coalition of 140 groups representing 250,000 citizens from 10 European countries has called on the EU to strip the aviation sector of the tax exemptions and state aid it currently enjoys, as well as ban flights operating at night.
A ground-breaking coalition of 140 groups representing 250,000 citizens has, for the first time, called on the EU to end commercial airlines’ tax exemptions and subsidies and phase out night flights. The Taming Aviation coalition formally presented its demands in a petition to the European Parliament in Brussels today.
Germany’s federal administrative court has ruled that the ban on night-time flights at Frankfurt airport is legal. The ban on all flights from 23.00 to 05.00 came into effect in October, despite opposition from Lufthansa which said the ban could damage Frankfurt’s status as the seventh-largest cargo handling airport in the world.
A study that has not been published but was offered to a seminar last year says airlines are emitting enough carbon dioxide to confirm the worst scenario about global warming.
EU rules introduced five years ago to limit noise at airports have had very little effect, according to a Commission report.
More evidence has emerged about the damage traffic noise can do to people’s health.
Position paper produced by T&E for NGO coalition ICSA (International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation) on greenhouse gas and noise emissions from aviation.
The environmental NGOs respond to the points raised by industry on the European Parliament draft report into air transport and the environment.