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Article from BTNews 30 JANUARY 2017

A4E takes EU to task

EU aviation policy and what has been done to benefit European passengers will be in the spotlight for the latest summit organised by the Airlines for Europe (A4E) group in Brussels on 8 February.

Chief executives from several major airlines including Willie Walsh of IAG, Caroline McCall from easyJet and Carsten Spohr from the Lufthansa Group, will be among those on the platform for the event, which also marks A4E’s first anniversary after a year of growth.

A4E managing director Thomas Reynaert said: “Just 12 months after its official launch, Airlines for Europe looks back on a year of continued membership growth as well as the start of various campaigns to benefit European travellers.”

Reynaert pointed out that “uniting 14 airline groups who represent more than 25 European brands and 550m passengers gives us a strong voice”, which A4E was not hesitating to use.

“Last year, we presented two studies which highlighted huge hikes in airport charges and the costs of damaging ATC strikes on the European economy,” he noted.

“At the one-day A4E Aviation Summit, our CEOs will assess what EU policy makers have achieved on these key policy issues last year and will present our objectives for the year just begun.”

www.a4eaviationsummit.eu

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