– A4E broadens agenda, adds consumer issues
– Reynaert: “Leisure airlines will benefit from A4E campaigns”.
Airlines for Europe continues to attract new members with Jet2.com joining Europe’s largest airline association. The airline, which operates from seven Northern UK bases, is one of the leading leisure operators in Europe.
“Airlines for Europe has, in a very short time, established itself as the leading association, representing the interests of European airlines. We are pleased to be adding Jet2.com’s support to the existing members, as we tackle the challenges of disproportionate increases in aviation taxes and the high levels of disruption, to both airlines and passengers, as a direct result of Air Traffic Control strikes”, said Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com.
Earlier this month A4E has been criticising the continuous deficiencies caused by Air Traffic Control strikes in France, Greece, Italy and Belgium and called the European Commission to remain at the helm of implementing a European Aviation Strategy without disruptions and to the benefit of travellers.
“The current European aviation landscape shows that A4E has defined the right issues to be tackled. New strikes, more taxes and higher operating costs at airports will always raise our opposition. We are glad to get more support with Jet2.com joining now which also shows that there is a joint approach across all business models – from low cost, leisure and network carriers. This will be to the benefit of all our member airlines”, said Thomas Reynaert, A4E’s Managing Director.
A4E has also decided to broaden its portfolio. Besides campaigning on lowering the cost of the EU’s airports, delivering reliable and efficient airspace and removing unreasonable taxes A4E will now also get involved in consumer issues and launched a dedicated working group.
Airlines for Europe (A4E) is Europe’s new and largest airline association, based in Brussels. Launched in January 2016, the association consists of Air France KLM, easyJet, Finnair, International Airlines Group (IAG), Jet2.com, Lufthansa Group, Norwegian and Ryanair, and plans to grow further. With more than 500 million passengers on board each year, A4E members account for more than half of the continent’s passenger journeys, operating more than 2,300 airplanes and generating EUR 93 billion in annual turnover.