Icelandair boosts the ranks of airlines lobby group

Icelandair boosts the ranks of airlines lobby group

Icelandair has become the latest airline to join the Airlines for Europe (A4E) lobbying association.

The carrier swells the ranks of the Brussels-based organisation whose members include British Airways owner International Airlines Group, Ryanair, easyJet and Jet2.com.

Icelandair chief executive Birkir Holm Gudnason said: "We are looking forward to jointly work with A4E on a number of common matters affecting our industry´s operating environment.

“We should align our efforts, on behalf of our customers, to minimise various operational cost in the airline industry, e.g. lowering the cost of the EU´s airports.

“A4E’s key policy issues are also affecting our daily operation and therefore we need to form a strong voice in Europe."

The group’s managing director Thomas Reynaert said: “A4E was very successful the last weeks in welcoming new members but since most of our key policy issues need more attention in Brussels and the member states, more and more European airline CEOs see the benefits uniting behind one association in Brussels.

“European airlines are providing unprecedented mobility to citizens and businesses and their economic activity contributes significantly to economic growth and job creation.”

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