European Parliament To Vote On Flight Regulations

The European Parliament (EP) is to vote on new flight regulations at the end of this month (30 September), pushing those in opposition to speak out about the rules proposed by the EU Commission. “The proposed rules contain a large number of provisions that are counter to what scientific experts consider safe,” said Philip von Schöppenthau, ECA secretary general, “and several provisions constitute an outright risk to flight safety.” Among the most striking examples are the proposed standby provisions and night flights. The controversial proposals include a maximum 12.5 hours flight at night, which exceeds scientific recommendations for a maximum of 10 hours. The proposal also allows crew to be on standby for eight hours after which they may take flight duty of up to 14 hours, equating to an excess of 22 hours on duty. “This is simply not safe,” said Elisabetta Chicca, European Transport Worker’s cabin crew chair.

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