On Tuesday 29 June, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report on the protection of air passenger rights during the COVID-19 crisis.
ABOUT THE TOPIC
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many EU airlines were forced to ground most if not all of their aeroplanes, at least for some periods. This had considerable effects on their finances. Among the cash outflows faced by airlines, refunds due to passengers for tickets sold but not used were estimated by the International Civil Aviation Organization to amount to €9.2 billion.
ABOUT THE AUDIT
The auditors have assessed whether the rights of EU air passengers were protected effectively during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. They also examined how airlines were supported with State aid. More information here.
On the basis of their conclusions, EU auditors will address specific recommendations to the European Commission.
ECA press office will hold a virtual briefing on Tuesday 29 June. Journalists who wish to participate should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The report and press release will be published on the ECA website eca.europa.eu at 5:00 p.m. CET on Tuesday 29 June.
The ECA member responsible for this report is Annemie Turtelboom.
The ECA’s special reports set out the results of its audits of EU policies and programmes or management topics related to specific budgetary areas. The ECA selects and designs these audit tasks to be of maximum impact by considering the risks to performance or compliance, the level of income or spending involved, forthcoming developments and political and public interest.