Press Releases

24.02.2022 VC assessment for civil air traffic in Ukrainian airspace

VC aviation safety experts generally advise flying around all airspaces whose status and safety are unresolved over a wide area.

Ukraine has closed its airspace to civil flights in accordance with international regulations. The Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) agrees with EASA's recommendation for air traffic regarding Ukraine. When flying in Russian airspace, a minimum distance of 100NM (approx. 185 KM) should be maintained at the...  Details

21.02.2022 Vereinigung Cockpit mourns the death of Gail Halvorsen

In deep mourning, the German Airline Pilots' Association Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) says goodbye to one of the most famous Berlin Airlift pilots, Colonel Gail Halvorsen. He passed away at the age of 101.

VC President Stefan Herth says: "We bow our heads to Gail Halvorsen and say goodbye to a great pilot who was a close friend of our association. His life and his actions have been and will remain a lasting symbol of reconciliation and of international understanding. We will miss him." Gail...  Details

04.08.2021 End dumping prices in aviation - air travel has its value

Vacation time is travel time and many people are recognizing the value of free and unrestricted air travel in Europe again during their vacation trips. At the same time, some airlines are announcing that they want to flood the market with tickets at dumping prices in order to secure additional...  Details

25.05.2021 Political power interests must not jeopardize flight safety

VC condemns forced landing of Ryanair flight FR-4978 as serious interference in civil air traffic

On May 23, 2021, Ryanair flight FR-4978 en route from Athens to Vilnius was - according to German foreign minister Heiko Maas - forced to divert to Minsk under the pretext of a bomb threat. The German Airline Pilots condemn this serious interference with civil air traffic. Civilian overflight of...  Details

16.09.2020 VC warns against EU-Qatar aviation agreement to be put into effect

An air transport agreement (CATA) negotiated between the EU Commission and the State of Qatar provides for a gradual opening of the European market for airlines from Qatar.

This should enable them to increase their frequencies and destinations within the EU. In order to come into force, the agreement must be examined and signed by the Council of the European Union, which has not yet taken place. In VC's view, this is completely the wrong time considering the current...  Details

26.08.2020 Malta Air Pilots (Ryanair Group) and Vereinigung Cockpit call for Short-Time Work Benefits for German pilots

Malta Air and Vereinigung Cockpit today (Wednesday, 26 Aug) jointly call on the Federal Employment Agency and the Federal Government to treat employees of Malta Air in Germany the same as their colleagues from other airlines during the Covid-19 crisis, by honoring their previous decision to grant...  Details

24.07.2020  Vereinigung Cockpit presents its Aviation Safety Concept "SafeSKY 2020"

today Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) presented its SafeSKY 2020 Aviation Safety Concept in Berlin. Björn Reimer, board member Flight Safety, handed over the 80-page document to  Parliamentary State Secretary Steffen Bilger in the BMVI (ministry of transport). The concept outlines important...  Details

05.04.2020 Latest Information about Covid-19

With regards to the currents effects of covid-19 we would like to provide the following information. General Information regarding covid-19: World Health Organisation WHO Robert Koch-Institut RKI European Commission Covid-19 dailiy risk assessmemt provided by ECDC: European Centre For...  Details

02.04.2020 Vereinigung Cockpit demands comprehensive legal security for pilots on international flight duty

As the professional association of German airline pilots, the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) demands comprehensive legal security for cockpit crews in international service. It must be clear to all colleagues that they will not be subject to quarantine measures at international destinations and that they...  Details

10.09.2018 Vereinigung Cockpit calling Ryanair Pilots to Strike

Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) is calling on Ryanair pilots to take industrial action from Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 3:01 am to Thursday, September 13, 2018, 2:59 am.

All pilots permanently employed at Ryanair bases in Germany are called to strike. All flights scheduled to depart from German airports during this time will be affected. VC is demanding improvements concerning pay and working conditions for many months now. Up to this day Ryanair management has...  Details

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