Airlines for Europe

Airlines for Europe
Launch date 2016
Full members 14
Annual passengers (M) 500 million (2017)[1]
Headquarters Brussels

Airlines for Europe (A4E) is a trade association of European airlines created in January 2016. It handles political lobbying operations for the benefit of its 14 members.


Airlines for Europe was created in January 2016 by Europe's five largest carriers: IAG, Air France–KLM, EasyJet, Lufthansa and Ryanair. It is the first time an airlines trade association gathers full-service and low-cost carriers. In was created in response to the ineffectiveness of the previous major European airlines trade association, the now defunct Association of European Airlines.[2]

Upon its creation, A4E declared war on supposedly subsidized airlines from the Gulf region that compete unfairly against other international airlines.[3] According to, A4E has six representatives actively lobbying at the European parliament.[4]


See also


  1. "About". Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  2. Victoria Bryan (20 January 2016). "New European airline lobby group targets strikes, airport fees". Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  3. "Airlines for Europe alliance launched". Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  4. "Airlines for Europe (A4E)". Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  5. "airBaltic joins Airlines for Europe". 21 October 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
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