MEPs quiz European Commission on Flight Time Limitations


On 19 March, the EP Transport Committee debated the upcoming Commission proposal on flight and duty times for pilots and cabin crew. MEPs quizzed European Commission Aviation Director Matthew Baldwin about the new rules recommended by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Although the Commission has yet to table an official proposal to put these rules into effect, some MEPs said they would exercise their right of veto if they do not guarantee that working conditions and passenger safety outweigh commercial considerations.

This was echoed in the EP Employment Committee, which held an informal exchange of views with stakeholders – including ECA – on flight times, in parallel to the Transport Committee, focussing on the need to avoid negative repercussions of the new safety rules on social and working time legislation.

Read the full Press Release of the European Parliament or watch the debate online.

Watch also “Fighting pilot fatigue”, a report by europarlTV.