Press Release E4FC: Enforcement of the EU-Qatar comprehensive Air Transport Agreement should deliver long-awaited financial transparency

18 October 2021 – On the occasion of the signature of the Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement (hereafter: “agreement”) between the EU and the State of Qatar, the Europeans for Fair Competition (E4FC) once again calls on the crucial importance of the enforcement and application of the provisions set out in the agreement. E4FC believes that the signature of the agreement provides a unique opportunity to follow-up on the cornerstones of this agreement, which – from now onwards - will be provisionally applied. In practice, the EU market will now be immediately and unilaterally opened to Qatar Airways, an airline that already claimed to be the largest in the world and - thanks to uncontrolled state support - chose to fly more routes than any other airline during the COVID-19 crisis, regardless of passenger demand (...)

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Press Release: E4FC calls on the European Commission to safeguard fair competition in the EU-Qatar Air Transport Agreement

28 June 2021 – Today the Council of the EU adopted the signature of the comprehensive air transport agreement between the European Union and the State of Qatar. Now that the agreement is signed, Europeans for Fair Competition (E4FC) would like to point out that the parties will need to deliver on the comprehensive fair competition provision, which includes commitments on transparency and allows for safeguard measures in case of breach. Therefore, E4FC calls on the Commission from the outset to take the necessary steps to ensure a proper and effective implementation of this provision and to safeguard fair competition (...)

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Press Release SNPL: Are French airlines in Russia’s viewfinder ?

27 May 2021 - The French Union of Airline Pilots (SNPL) was more than surprised to learn that in the last few days flights to Russia operated by French airlines had to be cancelled due to the lack of formal operational authorisation from the Russian authorities. Indeed, since the beginning of the week, French airlines, like all European airlines, have been called upon to avoid flying over Belarus, due to the diversion of an airliner on Sunday by the Belarusian authorities (...)

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Communiqué de presse/Press Release ECA / IFALPA : Global Pilots on Ryanair Flight 4978

24 May 2021 - The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and the European Cockpit Association (ECA) fully share the concerns expressed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regarding the forced landing of Ryanair Flight 4978 in Minsk, Belarus, on 23 May. Pilots are concerned that the intervention of the Belarussian Air Force was enacted for political reasons, in contravention of the Chicago Convention, and amounts to an act of unlawful interference, bearing all the hallmarks of state-sponsored hijacking (...)

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Press Release: Let’s not play with flight safety! SNPL France ALPA do not support the development of Single-pilot Operations (SPO)

Roissy-CDG, January 27, 2021 – SNPL France ALPA, one of whom’s main missions is to maintain and to increase air transport safety, is opposed to the implementation of Single-pilot Operations as suggested by the Executive Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). In an interview on 20 January 2021, Patrick Ky, EASA Executive Director, told FlightGlobal that, regarding Single-pilot Operations (flight with only one pilot flying), he believes "this could be implemented quite soon (...)

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Press Release SNPL easyJet: Threat to flight safety

Paris, 15th July 2020 - Some might accuse us of sawing off the branch on which we are sat, but the elected representatives of SNPL easyJet, on behalf of 96% of all pilots based in France, warn our customers and the regulatory authorities that easyJet...

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Press Release: Profiteers do not know the crisis

Roissy CDG, 11th June 2020 – SNPL France ALPA recently became aware of unacceptable practices by companies seeking to take advantage of this unprecedented crisis which has hit aviation hard. A questionnaire sent by a broker agency (Brookfield aviation) in the midst of the crisis asking pilots what reductions in remuneration they were ready to accept in order to continue to exercise their profession. They were even asked if they were ready to work for free! We then thought we had hit rock bottom. Since then, another company has managed to trump even this.

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Open letter of Air France Unions in response to statements by the KLM Works Council

May 4th 2020 -  It is an illusion to think that KLM would fare better without Air France. Air France unions reject the KLM Works Council’s allegations that it might be better to go it alone. As a reminder, when Air France bought KLM in 2004, KLM was nearly bankrupt. Since then, thanks to the Air France-KLM alliance, KLM has experienced exponential growth, taking full advantage of access to the French market, which is three times greater than in the Netherlands. The French market is and remains one of the largest, most attractive and most lucrative in the world, with 89 million international arrivals in 2018.

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Press release: easyJet’s French contract employees are worried about their jobs if they were to be excluded from the short-time working scheme

March 20th 2020 - On 13 October 2016, France awarded the “Légion d'honneur” to easyJet's CEO Carolyn McCall in recognition of the creation of several hundred direct and indirect sustainable jobs in France. The company already operated one of the largest fleets of Airbus aircraft in the world, thereby supporting France's trade balance.

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