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FIM update: European regulation on air passengers’ rights

FIM is calling for musicians’ unions worldwide to put pressure on governments to support musicians flying with instruments, and will be asking musicians to get involved.

The International Federation of Musicians (FIM) published a strategic note on European regulation on air passengers’ rights.

In February 2014, the European Parliament adopted a revised Regulation on air passengers’ rights. Article 6e of the Regulation addressed the concerns expressed by the sector regarding the transport of musical instruments on planes. However, the European Council has not yet delivered any official position.

FIM is calling for musicians’ unions worldwide to put pressure on governments to support musicians flying with instruments, and will be asking musicians to sign a petition launching soon.

Dave Webster, National Organiser for Live Performance, says: “It’s helpful to have this update from our colleagues at FIM. Despite making some headway on this issue back in February 2014, delays have taken place keeping the changes we seek waiting. It’s good for our members to understand why these delays have occurred. 

“In the meantime there are still no reliable solutions for our members flying with their instruments. When our members come to us, we write to the airlines seeking a dialogue but that’s hard to put in place when the airlines don’t respond. The argument for a Europe-wide petition seeking change is stronger than ever.”


Published: 12/01/2016

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