Air links are vital for island economies. Since the air links from the Channel islands are to airports that are within the EU (mainly, but not only, in the UK) many aspects of EU legislation are applicable (eg on airport security, passenger rights, and landing slots at EU airports). Airspace management in the Channel Islands is also closely integrated with the Single European Sky, which covers EU airspace. It is therefore important for CIBO to follow closely developments relating to aviation and airports. A public hearing on 12 April organised by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) was focused primarily on the forthcoming revision of the Commission’s guidelines for state aid to airports in the EU. This will have potentially important implications for decisions on future route planning by some airlines and on the viability of some regional airports.
The individual presentations at the public hearing can be found here: http://www.eesc.europa.eu/?i=portal.en.events-and-activities-air-transport-new-developments-presentatio