Brussels, 21.10.2016.

Airlines for Europe continues to attract new members with airBaltic joining Europe’s largest airline association. The Latvian network airline, which operates from bases in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, is headquartered in Riga.

airBaltic joins A4E after a busy summer campaigning on minimising the impact of air traffic control (ATC) strikes, removing unreasonable taxes and lowering the cost of the EU’s airports. A4E and its member airlines have also been involved supporting the ICAO process on a global scheme to address carbon emissions from international aviation.

“We are excited to engage with Airlines for Europe - the most important and influential Brussels-based airline association - and its member airlines on their way to form a strong, joint group for all airlines in Europe. Representing the Eastern European hemisphere, we will deliver new, important insights of smaller but fast growing markets within the European Union. I am convinced that this will to the benefit of all European passengers”, said Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic. 

“The European aviation market and its airlines are providing unprecedented mobility to citizens and businesses. Air transport is thus an enabler of economic activity and contributes significantly to economic growth and job creation. It is on A4E and its growing membership base to ensure the importance of our sector is acknowledged in Brussels and the Member States”, said Thomas Reynaert, A4E’s Managing Director.  


 

Airlines for Europe (A4E) is 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, 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 EUR more than 100 billion in annual turnover.