Economic stability, preservation and creation of jobs, flourishing trade and modern mobility: According to the Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG), the empowerment of the air traffic location Germany must be promoted by the coming Federal Government, also and especially in the interest of the German economy. The association, representing the interests of around 100 national and international airlines in Germany, expects CDU, CSU and SPD to make effective and future-oriented use of the chances incorporated in the coalition agreement.

The range ofsubjects is wide and relieving air traffic from the excessively high charges burden is one of BARIG’s main claims. The massive disadvantages currently experienced by the national air traffic sector in comparison to foreign locations lead to an unequal competition. The abolition of the air traffic tax, demanded by various parties, would present an important measure with signal effect in this context. Furthermore, the state must ensure adequate financing of the sovereign task air security. Many areas with comparable security relevance already face extensive state engagement, while to date solely the air traffic industry must bear the respective costs on its own. Moreover, air security processes and related procedures must be executed with greater efficiency. For example, a potential approach to achieving this could involve transferring responsibilities to airports and the aviation industry in certain core sectors.

Another major topic is German airport infrastructure. This includes development measures in compliance with the identified needs and expansion of airport infrastructure in locations with increased demand. Only in this way capacity constraints, already existent at several airports, can be successfully overcome and avoided in the future. At the same time, competitive operating hours at airports must be continuously guaranteed since airlines are dependent on definite planning security in this respect.