We operate in a highly competitive environment. Within Europe, air travellers have a choice, but one which may be distorted by an uneven approach to State Aid.
We also compete, increasingly, with high speed trains – but not on equal terms.
Other areas of the world have recognised, far better than Europe has, the strategic importance of aviation as a key national resource. European airlines, facing chronic inadequacies in both airspace and airports, face natural disadvantages in competing globally.
A given volume of EU international traffic flying on a European airline generates four times as many European jobs as the same traffic on a non-European competitor.