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Public Service Obligations (PSO)


ERA comments DG MOVE on draft PSO guidelines
PSO guidelines version targeted consultation

Latest update January 2017


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ERA's Current Position

ERA’s publication ‘Public Service Obligation (PSO) Routes in Europe’ has been published and is available to download from the ERA website.

This document provides a summary of the regulatory framework on the nature, conditions and requirements set out in Articles 16-18 of the EU Air Services Regulation 1008/2008 governing Public Service Obligation routes.

It aims to provide guidance for members operating or seeking to operate PSO routes within the European Union.

The document can be downloaded here.


Latest update January 2017: Last August, ERA submitted its comments on the European Commission’s draft text of Guidelines on Public Service Obligation (PSO) legislation. The new guidelines, to be published in early 2017, are expected to bring greater transparency, consistency and clarity to EU airlines and Member States’ authorities as to how the Commission interprets the current rules. More clarity for both states and the airlines should ultimately lead to better air services and increased connectivity across Europe. ERA has also produced a concise and comprehensive “PSO brochure” to provide members with further guidance on this specific subject. The document was published on the ERA website in January 2017, click here to view.