25 APRIL 2016
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The new Airlines for Europe (A4E) lobbying group, which was launched in January, is widening its scope by creating a working group to tackle consumer issues.
This is in addition to its original remit to campaign for lower airport costs in the EU, deliver reliable and efficient airspace and remove what it calls unreasonable taxes.
The group has also attacked the “continuous deficiencies” caused by air traffic control strikes in France, Greece, Italy and Belgium and called on the European Commission to implement a European aviation strategy without disruptions.
Brussels-based A4E claims to be Europe’s largest airline association, and is made up of Air France KLM, easyJet, Finnair, International Airlines Group (IAG), Lufthansa Group, Norwegian and Ryanair. Jet2.com joined last week and officials say A4E plans to grow further.
With more than 500 million passengers on board each year, A4E members are said to account for more than half Europe’s passenger journeys, operating more than 2,300 aircraft and generating €93bn in annual turnover.
Jet2.com chief executive Steve Heapy, said: “A4E has established itself in a very short time as the leading association representing the interests of European airlines and we are pleased to be adding our support to tackle the challenges that face the industry.” www.a4e.eu
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