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Airlines seek unity as demand drops to -10.7%

ERA membership rises as airlines recognise need for collective action

The European Regions Airline Association (ERA), which represents 62 intra-European airlines, has reported a decline in passenger demand of -10.7% for the period January – March 2009 compared to the same period in 2008. Load factor has dropped to 58.4% (from 61.4% in Jan-Mar 2008), while capacity is down – 4.8%. Conversely, the Association has seen a sharp rise in new members joining in recent months, reflecting recognition on the part of the industry of the importance of collective action in such challenging times…

The European Regions Airline Association (ERA), which represents 62 intra-European airlines, has reported a decline in passenger demand of -10.7% for the period January – March 2009 compared to the same period in 2008. Load factor has dropped to 58.4% (from 61.4% in Jan-Mar 2008), while capacity is down – 4.8%.

Conversely, the Association has seen a sharp rise in new members joining in recent months, reflecting recognition on the part of the industry of the importance of collective action in such challenging times.  Six new airlines have signed up to ERA membership in the last three months and a total of 14 companies, including associate and affiliate members, have joined the Association since the beginning of the year.

ERA Director General, Mike Ambrose, said: “Whilst these traffic figures reflect the anticipated downturn in passenger demand, intra-European airlines are renowned for their enthusiasm and fighting spirit. Industry recovery is a long way off, but the best way to face these difficult times is through cooperation and unity.  Airlines and other companies in the supply chain have recognized this, and are seeing ERA as a vital tool to achieve progress and move their business forward.”


Ambrose warned however: “The industry is facing its worst ever crisis and costs have been cut back as far as they possibly can while yields are continuing to decline.  Yet the need to steer regulators away from inefficient and unnecessary cost burdens and towards more beneficial projects still remains. The need to work together through collective action and a unified voice has never been so important.”

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