Air transport organisations welcome postponement of smart border system

By Charlotte Turner |

The postponement is sure to save the industry and travellers serious disruption this summer.

The postponement is sure to save the industry and travellers serious disruption this summer.

Air transport organisations, ACI Europe, A4E, ERA and IATA have welcomed the decision to postpone the implementation of the EU’s new smart border system for non-EU nationals (i.e. Entry Exit System or EES).

 

A release from ACI Europe maintains that the EES system ‘will be a game changer for how the EU’s borders are managed’, however, there are ‘a number of issues which must be resolved to ensure a smooth roll out and operation of the new system so that air passengers do not face disruptions’.

 

“The aviation industry is fully behind the roll out of EES and is committed to working with the EU and national authorities for a successful implementation,” read a statement issued ACI Europe, A4E, ERA and IATA.

The four organisations say there is much more to do before the system can be successfully implemented.

The four organisations say there is much more to do before the system can be successfully implemented.

“But it is important the EU and national authorities address industry concerns and provide efficient coordination for an effective implementation.

 

“This includes EU-LISA (the agency responsible for managing the system) strengthening its communications with the industry, and with international partners such as the US, to ensure the IT systems are connected and compatible.”

 

Postponing the implementation until after the busy 2023 summer period will give airlines, airports, EU and national authorities the opportunity to resolve these issues and ensure the system is fully tested, insist the air transport agencies.

 

“We therefore urge all those involved to make the best use of the extra time now available to address the outstanding issues and ensure enough resources are deployed for its introduction.”

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