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Article from BTNews 29 NOVEMBER 2021

European airlines meet

Representatives from across the European airline community reunited in London last week as part of the eagerly anticipated ERA Membership Conference.

This two-day event provided a much-needed opportunity for airlines, airports, manufacturers, suppliers and aviation service companies to carry out essential business development and discuss industry priorities as 2022 gets closer and closer.    

For the first time since the pandemic began, members of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) met face to face to discuss key issues affecting the industry and to reassess the situation since the outbreak of the virus.

Speakers included:

  • Jan Palmér, CEO, Xfly and President, ERA
  • Jóhanna á Bergi, CEO, Atlantic Airways
  • Pat Byrne, Chairman, Cityjet
  • Pierre-Olivier Bandet, CEO, HOP!
  • Henrik Morch, Director, DG COMP, European Commission
  • Gilles Feith, CEO, Luxair
  • Phil Seymour, President, IBA Group
  • Jonathan Hinkles, CEO, Loganair
  • Robert Sinclair, CEO, London City Airport

One session discussed the industry’s sustainability challenges and how to achieve net-zero European aviation, from the introduction of sustainable aviation fuels to technological advances in electric and hydrogen-powered aircraft.

Summing up Montserrat Barriga, Director General, ERA, said: “There is no doubt in my mind that face-to-face meetings provide invaluable opportunities for us all, not only on a business level but on a personal level as well, providing much needed human interaction. This key membership event has been an amazing opportunity for our members to reunite, to reflect on what we’ve all been through and work together to ensure a safe, sustainable and secure future for European aviation.”


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