Smaller airlines to work with new EU lobby group

Smaller airlines to work with new EU lobby group

The body representing smaller carriers in Europe is prepared to work with a powerful new lobbying body being established by five top airline groups.

The European Regions Airline Association was responding to the creation of a lobbying alliance between Air France-KLM, easyJet, International Airlines Group, Lufthansa Group and Ryanair, which is due to be established by the autumn.

Chief executives of the five big airline organisations met for the first time in Brussels today to outline demands as part of a consultation process for a new EU aviation strategy.

ERA director general, Simon McNamara, said: “This new alliance of five of Europe’s network and low-cost carrier groups is an interesting new development.

“ERA, as an influential and effective voice in the European aviation market, is looking forward to working with the alliance to ensure that all sectors of the aviation industry are represented.”

The regional body comprises of 52 airline members carrying more than 45 million passengers a year.


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