Creation of the EU’s single aviation market 25 years ago


In 2017, the European Commission is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the creation of a single air transport market in Europe.

Naturally, the Air France-KLM Group is participating in these anniversary celebrations, as a major air transport player and leading air transport carrier on departure from Europe.  The creation of the single air transport market paved the way for the formation of the Air France-KLM Group, the first major carriers to form Europe’s first air transport group.

This new single market also allowed the Group to consolidate its activity and maintain its position on the global market facing other European and American groups. Moreover, ten years ago, the European Union went even further with its “open skies” air transport agreement with the USA, leading to the implementation of the transatlantic joint venture between Air France-KLM and Delta, which currently generates a turnover of over 10 billion dollars.

In concrete terms, the European single air transport market has allowed to open up the market and adopt common rules notably in terms of competition. The targeted objective is to develop healthy competition with the different players complying with the same rules. These rules will need to be supplemented by further rules in the years to come (reduced infrastructure costs, implementation of the European single skies agreement, etc.). This is one of the objectives pursued by the Air France-KLM Group and its teams who are working to achieve this with their partners on a European level so that in the next 25 years, we will see changes that make way for a safer, more reliable, efficient and fairer air transport sector.