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22 May 2014

New European regulations on airport services

Nueva Normativa de Seguridad Aérea

Thirty days ago, the European Parliament pass a proposal to reform the actual legislation in the field of aerial traffic services in Europe. The goal is to improve the aerial traffic management, reduce pollution cause by planes, and motivate the investment in the industry.

If the group of laws pass the voting will become the first European legislation that rules this kind of services, including airport maintenance and design. It will involve more than 700 airport inside the European Economic Area. “This new legislation will make airports even more secure for passenger and for airlines” declared the Vice-President of the European Commission Siim Kallas.

The new regulations guarantees the application of the international aerial security rules set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The legislation will be accompany by a series of suggestion to facilitate the application of it in each country of the European Union. Also, a new agency will be created to advise and help the member states to accomplish the goals set on the regulations, to improve their airports services, and to reduce expenses.

This regulation is just another way to create a common juridical ground on aerial traffic services and transportation. Also, it looks forward to establish a standardize criteria on airport design and services along the European Economic Area. The new legislation does not pretend to change completely the existent airports, but will suggest flexible changes to increase their productivity and services. Also, it plans to create a better communication and cooperation system between the local governments and the airlines. The goal is to make the parts agree on the management method of the aerial traffic regulation, frontiers and services.

This legislation is another effort made by the European Union to standardize services and security procedures on its aerial space. Recently, another regulation on transporting liquids has been set under the agreement of all the member states.

The Spanish authorities declare that all the regulation applied in the local airport are under the European regulations. The Spanish National Police – Fuerzas y Cuerpos de Seguridad del Estado- are the guarantors of the regulation observance. Also, AENA – the Spanish Airports and Air Navigation body- guarantees that all their airport private security adjust to the European statutes. The right observance of the regulations are supervised by the different national and international organizations like the Europarl Commission, Agencia Estatal de la Seguridad Aérea (AESA) –the Spanish body for Aerial Security- and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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