Sunclass, with a background of more than 50 years knowledge in the aviation industry, is now fully owned by the NLTG Group. Formerly a Thomas Cook Group airline, Sunclass is flying the majority of charter passengers for the Scandinavian tour operators Ving, Spies and Tjäreborg to destinations in Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, etc. but also to long-haul destinations as Thailand and Caribbean. Currently it’s operating eight A321 and two A330.
Rafał Milczarski, President of AIRE and CEO of LOT Polish Airlines, said: ” We are delighted to welcome Sunclass as our newest airline member. In these difficult times, it is especially important that airlines work together to overcome the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the aviation industry. We must act to bring passengers back to travel. Together we want to influence regulators in Europe and worldwide to open up the skies as vaccination progresses and the situation improves. Sunclass Airlines adds further strength and weight to our organization.”
Torben Østergaard, Managing Director of Sunclass, said: “The decision of becoming a member of AIRE was easy. The burden and complexity of regulations etc. is ever increasing and especially small and medium sized airlines must work together to have their voice heard and impact the regulators. The aeropolitical issues of specific short-term interest for Sunclass are EU261, slot regulations and traffic rights. We look forward to benefit from the insights of AIRE and its members and will hopefully in return make a positive contribution to the organization”.
Currently, AIRE is focusing on the aviation industry's return from the Covid-19 pandemic. AIRE members emphasize the need to adjust the slot regulation and passenger compensation rules, support the creation of Single European Sky and the reduction of aviation emissions through initiatives taken by the entire aviation industry.