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,, 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.


A4E’S 2019 EU Airspace Delays Wrap-Up.

A4E’S 2019 EU Airspace Delays Wrap-Up. Our Christmas Wish List for Fewer Delays and Less Disruptions in 2020

By Achim Baumann It’s the end of yet another year without the Single European Sky (SES) in Europe. The Grinch himself would be pleased; with ATC strikes in France threatening to disrupt holiday travellers and packages alike -- it’s far from a merry scene. But there is room for some cheers: Industry and policy makers rallied like never before this year to put the SES – and the up to 10% reduction in CO2 emissions it could deliver -- back on the table in Brussels, with important decisions on ...
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Europe needs a dedicated, innovative aviation fuels industrial strategy, now!

And what Commission President Ursula von der Leyen can do to ensure that Coldplay will soon be touring again in your country… By Laurent Donceel Rising up to the challenges presented by climate change will be a defining political and industrial ambition in the years to come.  The shift towards a zero and low-carbon economy in Europe will require a radical overhaul of current policies. Doing so, however, would enable robust economic development and limit the rise in global temperatures to well below 2˚C, possibly as close as possible to 1.5˚C.  Decarbonization of the harder-to-abate sectors is possible, both economically and technologically. It also represents a ...
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The Single European Sky – still an airlines’ dream? It could already exist.

The Single European Sky – still an airlines’ dream? It could already exist. By Achim Baumann  On 02 December 2019, the 3,734th meeting of Europe’s Transport Council took place under the leadership of the Finnish Council Presidency. Unfortunately, the Ministers’ views on what to do with the outdated Single European Sky regulation were diverging, to say the least. Rather than taking a clear decision on what to do next, the Council settled on the least common denominator: Start with the existing (SESII+) draft and provide us with an analysis from the European Commission regarding the impact of proposed new measures (otherwise known as an “impact analysis” ...
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Air Cargo: Europe’s Bridge to the Global Economy. Interview with Richard Forson, Cargolux CEO

A4E: Cargolux is Europe’s biggest all-cargo airline. What challenges are you currently facing -- and how do they differ from the A4E passenger airlines?  RF: While 2017 and 2018 were exceptional years for the airline, 2019 has been a completely different kettle of fish. International demand for air cargo services has declined, leading to excess capacity in the markets, which in turn drives our yields down. This demonstrates the volatility of the air cargo industry. Being an all-cargo carrier, we must ensure that we can weather these periods until the markets improve. Our colleagues in the passenger industry have been experiencing solid growth in their volumes, but ...
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