Transport: EU,6 billion from air deals with Morocco,Balkans

European Commission, air traffic boom also with Turkey

05 April, 11:04

(ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, APRIL 5 - The European Union has a lot to gain from agreements aimed at the development of common air space with neighbouring countries: deals reached with Morocco and Balkan countries - Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) - have generated profits for 6 billion euros. The data was released by the European Commission in its latest report on the future challenges faced by EU foreign policies in the aviation sector.

According to Brussels, 'the overall economic benefits of the EU-Morocco agreement (2006) exceeded 3,5 billion euros in the 2006-2011 period, with a significant increase of air travel between the EU and Morocco, the start of new routes and new carriers entering the market' which led to more competition and lower tariffs.

Overall, passengers' tariffs have decreased by approximately 40% since 2005. The same was true for the agreement between the EU and the western Balkans which produced economic advantages estimated at around 2,4 billion euros between 2006 and 2011 - with 80-85% made up of what passengers saved from lower tariffs. The remaining percentage represented the earnings made from higher productivity and efficiency. Air traffic between the 27 EU countries and the Balkans increased from the 2 million seats available in 1990 to 16 million in 2011. The most significant increase of air traffic between the Balkans and European Union between 2005 and 2010 was registered in Albania +107,4%, followed by Montenegro +51,8%, Serbia +37%, Croatia +33,7% and Bosnia Herzegovina +9,4% while Macedonia registered a decrease -43,6%.

According to Brussels, in the Mediterranean area traffic with Morocco, thanks to the agreement forged with the country, increased between 2005 and 2010 by 95,8%, although growth invested the whole region, in particular Algeria +38,5%, Egypt +47,1%, Turkey +27,2% and Tunisia +2,4%. Traffic between the EU and Turkey in particular boomed with passengers increasing from the 5 million registered in the summer and winter of 1991 to the 35 million in the summer and 20 million in the winter of 2012.

(ANSAmed)
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