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  • Former IATA and DFS Manager Achim Baumann joins Europe’s leading airline association.
  • Working Groups on Airspace and Safety to develop major pillar, alongside key campaign issues of Aviation Taxes, Airport Charges and reliable Air Traffic Control.

Today, Europe’s leading airline association announced that Achim Baumann will join the Brussels-based team with immediate effect to deal with Airspace, Flight Operations and Safety issues. This move will strengthen A4E’s expertise on technical dossiers and complement the association’s strong position on key campaign issues such as Aviation Taxes, Airport Charges and reliable and efficient Air Traffic Control.

“I am very pleased that Achim Baumann is joining the A4E team as a Policy Director. Achim brings a wealth of experience in aviation, with more than 30 years spent in industry and government positions in Europe and the Middle East, especially in areas such as safety, flight operations and technical support,” said Thomas Reynaert, A4E’s Managing Director.

Prior to A4E, Achim worked as IATA Director Safety & Flight Operations in the Middle East/North Africa region (MENA), focussing on improving safety and efficiency in the region’s aviation industry. He also represented airline interests towards organisations such as ICAO, CANSO, air navigation service providers, airports and government organisations.

Before joining IATA in 2011, Achim worked for German air navigation service provider DFS as Senior Consultant and Regional Manager. He managed and participated in international projects covering all aspects of aviation, from operational issues on the ground and in the air to technical ATM/CNS and organisational projects. In addition, he managed projects for Eurocontrol and the European Commission.

Achim holds a degree in Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering from the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich and a degree in Economics from the University of Hagen.

About A4E:

Airlines for Europe (A4E) is Europe’s largest airline association, based in Brussels. Launched in January 2016, the association consists of Aegean, airBaltic, Air France KLM, Cargolux, easyJet, Finnair, Icelandair, International Airlines Group (IAG),, Lufthansa Group, Norwegian, Ryanair, TAP Portugal, Travel Service and Volotea, and plans to grow further. With more than 570 million passengers on board each year, A4E members account for more than 70 per cent of the continent’s journeys, operating more than 2,800 airplanes and generating more than EUR 100 billion in annual turnover.