The European Business Aviation Association is pleased with the European Commission’s recent decision that continues operating aid for regional airports in Europe. Under the updated state aid guidelines, airports receiving less than 700,000 passengers per year will “continue having a range of funding options available to them.” The EC earlier considered limiting operating aid to a lower threshold of 300,000 passengers per year, which EBAA said could have led to the closure of several regional airports across Europe.
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Continuing an expansion plan it launched in 2011, Luxembourg-based Luxaviation has acquired Paris Le Bourget-based Unijet. Among the expected benefits for Luxaviation, access to the continent’s premier business aviation airport and fleet growth rank first.
To represent a wider array of stakeholders in business aviation, the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) has launched two new membership categories: academic institutions and professional individuals. This is in addition to its existing member categories for business aircraft operators, suppliers and affiliates.
With a snip of the ribbon, NBAA 2013 was opened yesterday morning–marking the first time the Association’s flagship annual event has been called the “Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition” (BACE). While the Association has been hosting this event every year since 1950, it recently renamed it to conform with its other global shows, such as EBACE (Geneva) and ABACE (Shanghai).
During a high-level regional forum hosted by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) late last week, the General Directorate of State Airports Authority of the Republic of Turkey (DHMI) proclaimed that “business aviation plays a crucial role in facilitating regional investment and subsequently has a direct economic impact on Turkey’s economy.” The DHMI also co-signed a declaration with EBAA that commits to working together on long-term actions that would help ensure the steady growth of business aviation in the country, including improved business aircraft access to infrastructure
All aviation eyes were turned toward Montreal early this month as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) tries to get its arms around a worldwide plan to control jet aircraft emissions.
The big question is whether ICAO’s 191 member states can agree on a plan to curb emissions to the satisfaction of the European Union (EU), which has unilaterally crafted its own emissions trading scheme (ETS) that would capture not only EU aircraft, but also airplanes flying into, out of and through the 28 EU member states.
NBAA and its European counterpart, EBAA, have welcomed signs that a proposal under consideration at ICAO might lead to a global compromise solution to addressing aircraft carbon emissions. The measure is expected to be ratified this week at the 38th ICAO Assembly, which opened today in Montreal.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has announced plans for a regional forum to be held in Istanbul on October 10 and 11. In recent years, the country has seen growing business aviation activity, partly spurred by the fact that with 4 percent annual growth in gross domestic product its economy is doing significantly better than that of many other European countries.
Further evidence of Africa’s rising stature in global business aviation comes with news of two new industry conferences to be staged in Marrakesh, Morocco, in the next few months.
From September 26 to 27, the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) will hold a regional symposium at Marrakesh’s Hotel Club Kenzi Agdal Medina. The keynote speaker will be AfBAA chairman Tarek Ragheb, with many other speakers drawn from aircraft manufacturers and service providers active across Africa.
The European Business Aviation Association has protested proposed new European Commission guidelines restricting state aid for airports. The rules would seek to phase out all public support for airports over a 10-year period and would introduce a sliding scale that limits permitted aid to airports with fewer than five million passengers per year and bans it for facilities with more than that throughput.
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