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Wednesday, 18 May 2022

BARIG calls on German Federal Government to abolish mandatory mask-wearing on flights...


The Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG) reiterates its call for the abolition of mandatory mask-wearing on board of aircraft. In this way, Germany would follow the example of many European countries such as France, Great Britain, Poland, Belgium, Denmark, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland. The call is based on the recent recommendation of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) stating that it is no longer necessary to wear a mask on board of aircraft.

Although other industry associations and numerous political voices are also in favor of following the recommendation of the two European authorities, the German Federal Government has still been hesitating so far. According to the current Infection Protection Act, the obligation to wear a mask in airplanes would continue until September 23, 2022.

In this context, Michael Hoppe, BARIG Secretary General, states: “It is incomprehensible why the German Federal Government does not follow the recommendation of ECDC and EASA, although it is based on clear, scientific findings. Many European countries have already abolished the obligation to wear a mask in airplanes. Therefore, we do not understand why Germany has not yet complied with these recommendations. We urgently need uniform regulations – both at European and at global level. Such an uncoordinated approach cannot be communicated properly, especially to international passengers, and accordingly leads to numerous discussions.”

In airplanes in particular, the air is proved to be cleaner than in other areas of life. The reason for this is the use of modern ventilation and air conditioning systems, which not only renew the cabin air every two to three minutes but are also equipped with efficient HEPA filters that are scientifically confirmed and highly reliable in eliminating viruses and bacteria in the air.

 



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Friday, 13 May 2022

German board of airlines supports the end of mandatory mask wearing......

This week, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a clear recommendation to dispense with the mandatory wearing of masks on aircraft throughout the EU as early as May 16, 2022. This should be given if there is also no obligation to wear masks in public transport in the respective country. The Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG), representing more than 100 German and international airlines, supports the initiative of the two European authorities and advocates – like the German Federal Minister for Digital and Transport, Volker Wissing, and other industry associations, such as the German Aviation Association (BDL) – its implementation in Germany as well. According to the current Infection Protection Act in Germany, the obligation to wear a mask would continue to apply until the law expires on September 23, 2022.


Michael Hoppe, BARIG Secretary-General, states: “Particularly during the pandemic, it has been evident time and again that is extremely important and sensible to have a uniform approach throughout Europe. This should now also be the case in the current discussion regarding the end of mask-wearing on public transport and aeroplanes. There is a clear recommendation from the EU authorities—based on scientific and pandemic insights—according to which an obligation to wear protective masks is no longer necessary. Therefore, we call on German policymakers to get active and implement the European recommendations as quickly as possible, thus, following the example of other EU countries as well. In view of the current situation, a unilateral national approach is incomprehensible and cannot be communicated clearly to the consumers.”

In this context, BARIG points to the comprehensive hygiene and protection measures taken by the airlines. These include ventilation and air conditioning systems in the aircraft using efficient HEPA filters which have proven to make the air onboard significantly cleaner than in other areas of life.

 

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Tuesday, 15 March 2022

Strikes in Germany - BARIG urges the involved parties to get engaged in talks

Verdi Strikes at German Airports

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Another day of disruption for passengers in Germany as airport staff continues their dispute over pay and conditions that has led to mass flight cancellations and flight delays. 

Scores of flights were cancelled at Frankfurt Airport after trade union Verdi instigated strike action, starting around two in the morning. Various employees including cargo operatives and security staff stopped working with only passengers on connecting flights able to clear security.  

Frankfurt Airport operator Fraport had asked passengers not to arrive at the airport due to strike and said that over 130 of over 800 flights for Tuesday had been cancelled. 

Staff at other German airports also took action, starting on Monday and continuing into the week, including at Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Berlin, Duesseldorf and Baden-Baden.

On the second day of the collective wage dispute between the German trade union Verdi and the German Association of Aviation Security Companies (BDLS), strikes continue to proceed, affecting even more airports in Germany today. BARIG Secretary General Michael Hoppe comments at this juncture:

“In the current situation, we—as industry association of more than 100 national and international airlines in Germany—have absolutely no understanding for the Verdi strikes at the airports. Such forms of industrial action are being taken at the expense of uninvolved third parties. Every single day of ongoing strikes has immediate consequences for tens of thousands of passengers, leading to flight cancellations and massive delays. Moreover, it causes immense damage on air traffic in Germany—especially at a time when initial signs of recovery after many months of the pandemic crisis finally had been noticed.

 We therefore urgently call on the collective bargaining parties to get engaged in constructive dialogue instead. The wage dispute can only be resolved at the negotiating table. Strikes or even unrealistic, excessive demands, on the contrary, only create unacceptable burdens on the entire air traffic industry in Germany and ultimately harm all parties involved.”






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Tuesday, 30 November 2021

BARIG on the New Coalition Agreement in Germany

BARIG on the New Coalition Agreement in Germany:

Opportunities for Further Development of Climate-friendly and Economically Viable Air Traffic

 “Seeking More Progress” 


The Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG) welcomes a whole series of plans and projects that are presented by the so-called “traffic light” parties in the coalition agreement for the new federal government in Germany. From the international airline association’s point of view, the agreement provides a basis for the further development of air traffic in a targeted manner and with regard to economic efficiency, fair competitive conditions as well as sustainability and climate protection – nationally as well as in a European and global context.

 

BARIG Secretary General Michael Hoppe comments accordingly: “The new German government’s work will be primarily determined by the slogan ‘Seeking More Progress.’  We see this and the corresponding announcements in the coalition agreement as a positive signal for good and future-oriented support in further modernizing and stabilizing air traffic in line with the environmental and climate protection objectives.”

 

BARIG welcomes, inter alia, the following plans of the traffic light coalition:

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Airdog Air Purification Technology: BARIG’s New Business Partner in the Section “Health Care”

The COVID-19 pandemic management of recent months is progressively allowing for facilitation in everyday life, in many sectors of the economy, as well as in the working sphere of aviation. More and more employees are able to return to their offices and interact personally with their teams. In many travel agencies, at airports, and in the tourism industry in general, customer contact is also presenting an encouraging increase. Therefore, companies endeavor to establish safe and healthy working environments for their customers and employees. In this context, the Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG) is further expanding its cross-industry network in the section “Health Care.” The highly efficient Airdog air filtration system—developed in the U.S. and presented by Dentdeal Product & Service—presents a patented ionization process and a certified sustainable technology for office air purification that is now available to the BARIG community.

 

“The pandemic has changed the working world, the travel industry, and how we interact with each other on a daily basis,” says BARIG Secretary General Michael Hoppe. “Mouth-nose protection, social distancing, and other active hygiene precautions have become part of our everyday lives. Such measures can be useful in the workplace as well, taking, for example, the cleaning of ambient air indoors. Here, the specific use of Airdog air purification products in offices or airport facilities can significantly improve the quality of ambient air.”

 

The Airdog devices are based on the still young and already patented TPA technology from Silicon Valley and represent an efficient solution for air purification. Frank Andrée, CEO of Dentdeal Produkt & Service, reports: “Even before the pandemic, many companies, hospitals, and medical practices in North America, China, and Japan, for example, have relied on Airdog products. Scientists have confirmed their efficiency. Additionally, the Airdog devices require minimal maintenance and their technology is considered particularly environmentally friendly.”

 

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Friday, 22 October 2021

BARIG Calls for Urgent Harmonization of Travel Conditions in the Air Traffic Industry

Coordination between states needs to be improved to make travel for people seamless again
 


Positive trends are currently to be witnessed within the travel and air traffic business; however, a steady recovery still remains a distant goal. Even though passenger traffic has increased again during vacation time in fall, the travel process as well as the vacation experience is still severely impaired by inconsistent regulations in different countries. Crucially, this is due to the states’ continuing uncoordinated approaches in key processes within the travel chain, such as entry and exit rules or the declaration of risk areas. The consequent lack of transparency leads to considerably more complex service processes, which might require more time and higher costs for companies and travelers. Accordingly, the Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG) points this out and appeals to the responsible politicians to support the urgently needed harmonization of travel conditions.

 

In this respect, BARIG Secretary General Michael Hoppe states: “Freedom of travel and mobility does not only belong to the most basic rights of people, but also plays an eminently important role in the recovery of national economies. Therefore, it is right to reopen borders successively given the previous good and successful efforts in fighting the pandemic. However, the lack of coordination among the different countries and states is slowing down the upswing in travel, with corresponding consequences for people and the economy. Thus, we call on politicians to push forward harmonization and coordination matters, which is in the interest of every country and their citizens.”

 

For that reason, BARIG strongly advocates:

coordinated entry and exit rules
harmonized recognition of vaccination, recovery, and testing certificates
uniform declaration of risk areas
coordinated, uniform rules for travel between the EU and other potentially opening third countries such as China, India, and others
 





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Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Aviation Industry as a Partner for Climate Protection and a Sustainable Future

BARIG at the Air Cargo Industry Meeting 2021





Constructive collaboration between the industry, economy, and politics is in demand
Bans or higher taxes on air transport are leading to distortions of competition that do more harm than good to the environment
Innovations in the aviation industry support climate protection


“Climate protection in aviation can only be achieved sustainably and efficiently if the industry, economy, and politics work together constructively. In addition, measures must be coordinated and implemented at an international level.” This was emphasized by Michael Hoppe, Secretary General of the Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG), at this year's air cargo industry meeting, which was held as a virtual event at Cologne Bonn Airport at the invitation of the German Air Transport Association (BDL), the Federation of German Industries (BDI), and the German Freight Forwarding and Logistics Association (DSLV).

 

The reason therefore is that, only recently, several politicians called for unilateral measures that would, however, lead to massive distortions of competition. Accordingly, the German economy, and the environment as well, were to suffer.

 

Hence, instead of working with bans or fiscal adjustments, BARIG and the aviation industry rather advocate constructive, goal-oriented solutions to protect the climate. These include emissions trading, among other things. In addition, technical innovations and further developments in the field of alternative fuels are also required.