The Romanian Airports Association (RAA) organized during 25-26 September 2014 the 22nd the General Assembly and Annual Meeting in Poiana Brasov.
Being the most important event of this nature from the Romanian civil aviation sector, the conference materials were especially prepared for best presenting and debating the current trends and the challenges that civil aviation faces nowadays.
The event reunited representatives from Ministry of Transport, County Councils, Romanian CAA, Romanian Intelligence Service, Romanian Police, and also economic agents with activity in aviation field from within the country and worldwide.
During the first day, were presented aspects such as Competition policy compliance, developing investment objectives of airports in Romania in the last year. They have analyzed new European regulations to be implemented by Romanian Civil Aviation Regulations and the new European legislation for certifying airports and airport security, namely Regulation (EC) no. 216/2008 on common rules in the field of civil aviation and establishing a European Aviation Safety Agency.
Also, they discussed the need to complete and publish for consultation a General Transport Master Plan and updating the fundamental law of civil aviation, Civil Air Code. In terms of facilitating access to European funds for Romanian airports and allocations of State aid to airports there is a need to draft a scheme for state aid relating to aid granted to airports with an average annual traffic of less than 3 million passengers due to the provisions of the New Guidelines on state aid to airports and airlines.
The second day of the conference was devoted to airports trading partners. Noteworthy in this regard was the presence of Austrian Airlines and DHL air carriers who supported the traditional role of business in development of air traffic in Romania. The influence of the National Association of Travel Agencies in Romania (ANAT) in tourism development was remarkable and the need for closer cooperation with airports too. It emerged as a necessity the marketing aid to boost growth in air traffic at regional airports and to attract air operators. Also, to increase freight at airports, they discussed issues concerning the development of airport infrastructure to accommodate this time of transport and the creation of appropriate infrastructure for intermodal transport.