Icelandair has joined Airlines for Europe, Europe’s new and largest airline association, based in Brussels. Launched in January 2016, the association consists of Aegean, airBaltic, Air France KLM, easyJet, Finnair, Icelandair, International Airlines Group (IAG), Jet2.com, Lufthansa Group, Norwegian, Ryanair, TAP Portugal and Volotea, and plans to grow further. With more than 550 million passengers on board each year, A4E members account for more than 70 per cent of the continent’s journeys, operating more than 2,700 airplanes and generating more than EUR 100 billion in annual turnover.
“We are looking forward to jointly work with A4E on a number of common matters affecting our industry´s operating environment. We should align our efforts, on behalf of our customers, to minimise various operational cost in the airline industry, e.g. lowering the cost of the EU´s airports. A4Es key policy issues are also affecting our daily operation and therefore we need to form a strong voice in Europe”, said Birkir Holm Gudnason, CEO of Icelandair.
“A4E was very successful the last weeks in welcoming new members but since most of our key policy issues need more attention in Brussels and the Member States, more and more European airline CEOs see the benefits uniting behind one association in Brussels. European airlines are providing unprecedented mobility to citizens and businesses and their economic activity contributes significantly to economic growth and job creation”, said Thomas Reynaert, A4E’s Managing Director.