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BARIG: Air traffic capacity crisis needs joint action

The Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG) has called for joint action on the air traffic capacity crisis in Germany.

BARIG said passenger air and freight traffic in the country produces reasonable figures, but criticism of German air traffic is “steadily increasing”.

The association said since mid-June, capacity bottlenecks have caused noticeable flight cancellations, delays and “many dissatisfied customers”.

Speaking last week at the general meeting of the association, which represents over 100 German and international member airlines, secretary general, Michael Hoppe said: “Now all players in the industry as well as authorities and politics have to work on joint solutions.”

Passenger security controls, their efficiency, infrastructure bottlenecks at some German airports, as well as strikes and delays in air traffic led to engaged discussions among the BARIG airlines operating to and from Germany.

BARIG said the auditorium agreed that joint action has to be “intensified for more efficient passenger security processes, border and customs controls, modernization and expansion of infrastructure and more capacity in airspace”.

Currently, it said the number of flights at some airports should not be increased further in order to maintain high quality and punctuality in German airspace and versus international competition, adding: “With these demands and the willingness to cooperate in finding efficient solutions, the airline members of BARIG are on a par with other players in the aviation industry.”