The unions Vereinigung Cockpit and Independent Flight Attendant Organization see the core message of the national aviation conference that a common path to achieve carbon dioxide-neutral air traffic should be embarked upon as positive.
"It is imperative to make air traffic climate-neutral," says Stefan Herth, President of the Cockpit Association. “At the same time, we want German and European airlines to remain as competitive as they are today in an international comparison. For this ecological transformation, we rely on internationally coordinated joint solutions that treat all companies equally. European jobs can only be secured for the future under fair international competitive conditions. ”In order to support this task more strongly as an association in the future, the Vereinigung Cockpit has decided to set up its own board department on the subject of innovation and climate.
“UFO, like representatives of other associations, regards aviation as an indispensable part of the German economy and, against the background of a simultaneous climate-neutral restructuring of the industry, considers cooperation between politics, companies and trade unions to be indispensable. Under the name 'SAFE - Sustainable Aviation For Europe' we propose a broad, joint alliance to strengthen and socio-ecological orientation of aviation in Europe ”, said Daniel Kassa Mbuambi, Chairman of the UFO.
Reforms and consideration for workers necessary
VC President Stefan Herth points out that in addition to the key innovation in the area of engines and fuels, reforms of important aviation regulations can also contribute to climate protection. From the point of view of VC, the potential in the area of Single European Sky is right at the fore. A truly uniform European airspace would result in significant kerosene savings and thus also strong CO2 reduction effects through more direct flight routes and shorter flight times. However, these savings would require an ambitious political agreement in Europe and could then immediately bring ecological and economic relief.
As a professional association, the VC also actively contributes to innovations in this area in many ways. For example, the VC air traffic control experts are committed at national level and also internationally within the framework of the European Cockpit Association for solutions to make European airspace more efficient and thus to achieve double-digit fuel savings.
At the conference, the Chancellor recognized the achievements of all employees in the aviation industry during the pandemic-related crisis in the industry. “In order that, in addition to this recognition, concrete perspectives can now be developed for aviation employees, we believe that further joint efforts by politics and business are required. The politically required development towards more climate-friendly air traffic can only take place in a competition-neutral manner and must not be unilaterally at the expense of European airlines and their employees, ”Mbuambi added.
“In order to maintain German jobs, it is necessary that internationally coordinated solutions are agreed that guarantee fairness in competition. Building on this, the companies themselves actually have to agree on social partnership solutions that do not force job cuts, ”Mbuambi warns in conclusion.