Improving the passenger's experience and facilitating legitimate trade are key objectives of ECAC's activities in the field of facilitation. As the significance of facilitation and international aviation has developed since the COVID-19 pandemic, so has ECAC expanded its focus in this field.

ECAC's activities in the field of facilitation focus mainly on immigration matters and handling of persons with reduced mobility (PRMs). In each of these areas, ECAC provides policy guidelines and good practices to its Member States.

Air cargo transport, health issues (e.g. aircraft disinsection and disinfection methods) and other related topics within this broad field (such as assistance to victims of aircraft accidents and their families) are also part of ECAC facilitation discussions and activities.

ECAC supports the coordination of the positions of ECAC Member States participating in ICAO Facilitation Panel meetings, and contributes actively to discussions at international level, particularly by providing practical proposals for amending ICAO Annex 9 and the ICAO Facilitation Manual (Doc 9957).

ECAC policy recommendations on facilitation matters are adopted by Directors General for application in all 44 ECAC Member States, and are consolidated in an ECAC document, Doc 30, Part I - ECAC Policy Statement in the Field of Civil Aviation Facilitation (13th edition/December 2023). This document is used as a reference in the development of national regulations concerning facilitation in ECAC Member States, detailing facilitation measures adapted to the European context and including implementation guidance in its Annexes.

A dedicated working group, the Facilitation Working Group, comprising representatives from all Member States and observers from other States, organisations and industry stakeholders, meets twice a year to progress work on facilitation matters and decide on further necessary actions. The group endorses amendments to Doc 30, Part I and guidance material, and all the material goes for review and adoption to the Facilitation Programme Management Group before submission to Directors General, as necessary. The Focal Point for Facilitation regularly reports on the latest developments in the field of facilitation at Directors General meetings.

The current ECAC structure in facilitation is presented in the chart below and its work is conducted in close cooperation with other international organisations (including the European Commission, EASA, Frontex, ICAO) and key stakeholders (such as IATA, ACI EUROPE) as appropriate.

ECAC facilitation organisational structure

ECAC Spotlight on facilitation matters

ECAC News n°75 - Spotlight on the ECAC Facilitation Working Group (Teresa Antunes) ECAC News n°73 - Spotlight on the ECAC Facilitation Sub-Group on the Transport of Persons with Reduced Mobility (Marie Hauerova) ECAC News n°69 - Spotlight on the Facilitation Sub-Group on Immigration (Evgheni Kostetki)


ECAC News on facilitation matters

ECAC News n°78 - Facilitation ECAC News n°70 ECAC News n°58