The Impact of the Economic Crisis on the EU Air Transport Sector

15-12-2009

This briefing note intends to provide background information concerning a number of crucial aspects explaining the impact of the economic crisis on the EU air transport sector. Firstly, the current impact of the economic crisis in terms of freight and passenger transport is analysed, by using a set of key indicators. Secondly, some possible scenarios for the mid-term development of the air transport sector in relation to possible developments of the general economic situation are described. Finally, some recommendations for EU policymakers are made.

This briefing note intends to provide background information concerning a number of crucial aspects explaining the impact of the economic crisis on the EU air transport sector. Firstly, the current impact of the economic crisis in terms of freight and passenger transport is analysed, by using a set of key indicators. Secondly, some possible scenarios for the mid-term development of the air transport sector in relation to possible developments of the general economic situation are described. Finally, some recommendations for EU policymakers are made.

External author

Rosário Macário (Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal) and Eddy Van de Voorde (University of Antwerp, the Netherlands)