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It looks fairly tepid on the face of it, but perhaps this is simply a first step. The European parliament has passed a resolution calling for “a level playing field between airlines”, presumably in response to the threat from Gulf carriers. It doesn’t appear to go much further than that, however. Which is a fairly easy decision to make. The motion is intended to boost the Future Aviation Package due to be issued by the EC. The parliament expressed concern at the loss of competitiveness with “subsidised third-country carriers and airports”, called for a definition of what is fair and a legal consequence for violation and asked for comprehensive aviation agreements with main trading partners.

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