Aviation industry leader calls for greater liberalisation

ACI Europe: “There is only one way: liberalisation – the earlier the better!”

Speaking at the 21st ACI Europe Annual Assembly, Congress & Exhibition taking place in Lisbon today, Ad Rutten, president of ACI Europe and COO of Schiphol Group, shared a vision for the future of European aviation. Reviewing what he described as a shift under way in aviation as a result of the rise of strong economic powerhouses in Asia and Latin America, he said that while these developments are a direct threat to the position of European aviation, they also bring significant opportunities. In order to respond to the challenge, ACI Europe has released a new strategy paper aimed at supporting the EU’s External Aviation Policy.
“The maturity of the European aviation market and the boom of aviation in emerging countries mean that our most promising business opportunities are now outside Europe,” he said. “We must be in a condition to attract and develop air traffic flows to and from our external markets. This is about remaining relevant globally and for that, there is only one way: liberalisation – the earlier the better!”
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