In joint letters, the CEOs of nine aviation companies have called on the political leaders of the UK, France, Germany and Spain to take action to stop an escalating trade conflict with China and other countries opposing the European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).
The bosses at Airbus, airberlin, Air France, British Airways, Iberia, Lufthansa, MTU Aero Engines, Safran and Virgin Atlantic claim that the industry is facing “real concrete action with serious consequences on the European aviation business.”
Airbus has stated that many of the countries opposed to the ETS are intending to inflict countermeasures and restrictions on European airlines, such as special taxes and even traffic rights limitations. It also claims that Airbus orders in China, worth $12 billion, have been suspended. The aircraft manufacturer estimates that up to 2,000 jobs along its supply chain could be affected as a result.
The CEOs expect “suspensions, cancellations and punitive actions to grow as other important markets continue to oppose ETS.”
They have asked the four European Prime Ministers to use their influence in the ICAO Council to find an acceptable solution as soon as possible.
The letter said: “We have always believed that only a global solution would be adequate to resolve the problem of global aviation emissions. This solution can only be found in ICAO, which has recently appointed a high-level dedicated group to propose a global framework for international aviation emissions by the end of this year.”