After months on the ground due to COVID-19, Europe’s airlines and airports are preparing to welcome travellers once again with the gradual reopening of EU borders from 15 June. To ensure a safe travel experience, the European Commission, EASA and the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control (ECDC) have published guidelines which will now be put into operation. Travellers should feel confident that air travel provides an even higher level of health safety compared with other modes of transport, thanks to advanced HEPA filters and other protective measures on board and on the ground. Leaders from Airlines for Europe (A4E), ACI Europe, Boeing and EASA’s medical department will discuss the principles, research and measures taken to ensure a successful restoration of passenger traffic.
Launched in 2016, Airlines for Europe (A4E) is Europe’s largest airline association, based in Brussels. The organisation advocates on behalf of its members to help shape EU aviation policy to the benefit of consumers, ensuring a continued safe and competitive air transport market. With more than 720 million passengers carried in 2019, A4E members account for more than 70 per cent of the continent’s journeys, operating more than 3,000 aircraft and generating more than EUR 130 billion in annual turnover. Members with air cargo and mail activities transport more than 5 million tons of goods each year to more than 360 destinations either by freighters or passenger aircraft. Current members include Aegean, airBaltic, Air France-KLM Group, Cargolux, easyJet, Finnair, Icelandair, International Airlines Group (IAG), Jet2.com, Lufthansa Group, Norwegian, Ryanair Holdings, Smartwings, TAP Air Portugal, TUI and Volotea. Follow us on Twitter @A4Europe.