AIRLINES FOR EUROPE

In 2015, the CEOs of Europe’s leading airline groups called for nothing less than a revolution. They were convinced that there could no longer be a delay in defining a clear long-term vision for aviation in Europe, and that the achievements and benefits of 25 years of the single market could be even furthered through bold policies that would benefit consumers, ensuring a continuous, clean, safe and competitive air transport market.

Emboldened by the lack of progress made by previous EU airline associations, Airlines for Europe (A4E) — currently the EU’s largest airline association, successfully launched in January 2016 with a unified mandate to promote the interests of European airlines and their passengers.

Today, A4E counts some 15 leading airline groups as its members. Alongside the five founding members — Air France-KLM, easyJet, IAG, Lufthansa Group and Ryanair — new carriers both big and small, low-cost, leaser, legacy and cargo have joined, including: Aegean, airBaltic, Cargolux, Finnair, Icelandair, Jet2.com, Norwegian, TAP Air Portugal, Travel Service and Volotea. Beyond airlines, global manufacturers such as Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Embraer, GE, and Thales have also become members of A4E.

Flying more than 700 million passengers per year, Airlines for Europe members currently account for more than 70 per cent of the continent’s passenger journeys. Every day, more than 2,900 of their aircraft cross the continent, and more than 330,000 employees in the air and on the ground ensure safe and reliable operations.

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Let’s work together and fly. I am ready to take off with you!

By MEP Caroline Nagtegaal, Renew Europe
Here in Europe, we have recognised that after centuries of never-ending warfare, that the only way to defeat violence and to achieve peace and happiness for all was to get to know one another. To see each other as humans, rather than as notions -- and to work together towards common goals. Nothing else has helped realise this more than the airline industry. Nothing else has made it possible for people to travel far and wide at affordable prices. And nothing else has allowed us to meet other people and cultures, to learn from them and enrich our own lives, as ...
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Addressing the cybersecurity threat: making aviation fit for the 21st century

By Agnès Leroux, Policy Director, A4E
October marks the European month of Cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is not a new topic in aviation, but recent increases in the number of hacks, data theft and phishing have brought the issue into the spotlight. Behind the scenes, A4E and its members are heavily involved in a variety of initiatives to create a cyber resilient aviation system in Europe. The complexity of developing a cybersecure environment is not only technological, but also human and organisational. Indeed, all stakeholders must be part of the equation, including service providers and passengers.

We are team players

Because we are well aware that we cannot fight ...
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EUROPEAN TOURISM: CHALLENGES ARE IN THE SKY

Eduardo Santander, Executive Director, European Travel Commission

Europe is the most visited region in the world, attracting more than half of all global travellers. The importance of the tourism sector for European economic and social development cannot be overstated. Here’s a quick look at the key figures :

  • Tourism generates (directly and indirectly) 10.1% of total EU-28 GDP
  • Visitor exports add € 441 billion to the European economy
  • 565 million international arrivals registered last year to the EU-28 countries
  • Tourism supports 27.3 million jobs in the EU

Tourism stimulates economic growth by generating income, employment and investment in Europe. On top of this, it enables ...
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Sustainability: “We are not willing to create an unreasonable burden for European aviation.” – Interview with Pekka Henttu and Maja Ahokas on the aviation priorities of the Finnish EU Presidency.

A4E: Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union began on 01 July. In what direction will you be taking the EU and its transport policy during the next six months? MA: Yes, we have just started our Presidency so we are very much eager and looking forward to it! Our slogan is: “Smart connections for sustainable growth”. We have four main policy areas: 1 -Digital transport services; 2- Safe and sustainable automation of traffic; 3- A fully carbon-free transport system; 4- Data – we want the EU to be the frontrunner in data utilisation. We have now officially approved our governmental program following the April ...
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