Tuesday, 21 December 2010

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EU threatens snowbound airports with regulation | Reuters

EU threatens snowbound airports with regulation | Reuters: "Europe's transport chief said Tuesday he was considering forcing airports to provide airlines with a minimum level of infrastructure support during severe weather, such as this week's snowstorms.

European Union transport commissioner Siim Kallas made his comments after more than 3,000 flights were canceled across Europe Monday, according to flight authority Eurocontrol.

'In recent days, I have become increasingly concerned about the problems relating to the infrastructure available to airlines -- airports and ground handling -- during this severe period of snow,' Kallas said in a statement.

'We need to ensure that, from infrastructure providers such as airports and rail infrastructure managers, there are appropriate service levels and minimum quality requirements that are followed and delivered,' he said"

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