Organisation of working time of mobile workers in civil aviation

In order to provide more protection for the health and safety of employees in the civil aviation sector, this Directive establishes specific minimum standards for working time in this sector. It implements an agreement between the main employer and employee organisations at European level.


Council Directive 2000/79/EC of 27 November 2000 concerning the European Agreement on the Organisation of Working Time of Mobile Workers in Civil Aviation concluded by the Association of European Airlines (AEA), the European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF), the European Cockpit Association (ECA), the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) and the International Air Carrier Association (IACA).


The transport sector was excluded from the Directive concerning certain aspects of the organisation of working time (first Directive dating from 1993) but included in the scope of Directive 2000/34/EC. These two texts were codified by Directive 2003/88/EC.

This new basic Directive therefore includes mobile staff in civil aviation in its scope. However, the general provisions of the basic Directive do not apply to occupations for which ‘more specific requirements’ are adopted at Community level, which is the case here with mobile staff in civil aviation.

On 22 March 2000 the employee and employer organisations in this sector signed a European Agreement on the Organisation of Working Time* of Mobile Staff in Civil Aviation*. This Agreement is annexed to the present Directive and is an integral part of it.

The Council Directive provides for:

The Agreement thus defines minimum standards, on the basis of which Member States may adopt more favourable provisions. The implementation of the text must not reduce the general standard of protection for workers in the fields it covers.

On the basis of the 1998 Communication entitled "Adapting and promoting the social dialogue at Community level", the Commission evaluated the text of the Agreement according to the following points:

Key terms used in the act



Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Directive 2000/79/EC [adoption: consultation CNS/2000/0164]



OJ L 302 of 1.12.2000

Last updated: 15.01.2008