2011.01.27 Latvian national airline airBaltic hosted the Board meeting of European Regions Airline Association (ERA), held for the first time in the Latvian capital.
Mike Ambrose, Director General of ERA: “For the first time, ERA Board meeting is held in Latvia. The meeting is hosted by airBaltic – one our leading airlines that has demonstrated that all the things that the European Commission wanted from liberalisation, airBaltic has achieved. It has brought wealth to the region, and offers a superb range of services.”
The ERA board meeting focussed on such issues as the urgent need for rationalisation of Europe’s airspace, avoidance of additional tax burdens on airlines and their passengers, promotion of air transport as a tool to help revive the EU’s economic development and international competitiveness, the need to make passenger compensation and assistance reasonable and proportionate, as the current regulation is unreasonable during periods of major disruption, the important role of air services for communities living in regional locations, Russia and the newly independent States as potential new markets.
The European Regions Airline Association represents some 70 intra-European airlines, which annually carry 70.6m passengers on 1.6m flights to 426 destinations in 61 European countries. ERA main activities include lobbying the European Commission and other European regulatory bodies on policy matters, promoting the social and economic importance of air transport and its environmental commitments. Today, ERA is the largest body representing the interests of regional airlines in Europe.
Video comment by Mike Ambrose, Director General of ERA: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKfvZi6kuHo
AIR BALTIC CORPORATION (airBaltic) is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. The primary shareholders are the Latvian state, with 52.6% of stock, and SIA Baltijas aviācijas sistēmas, with 47.2% of stock. The airBaltic fleet consists of 34 aircraft – six Boeing 737-500, eight Boeing 737-300, two Boeing 757-200, ten Fokker 50 airplanes and eight Bombardier Q400Next Gen. airBaltic offers nonstop flights from three Baltic capital cities – Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn. airBaltic received the title of Airline of the Year 2009/2010 (Gold Award) from the European Regions Airline Association. airBaltic is the winner of Air Transport World Phoenix Award 2010 – a global recognition of excellence in restructuring business. In summer 2010, airBaltic was chosen for anna.aero ANNIES Award as Europe's largest flag carrier by new routes. airBaltic won a special Pacesetter Award 2010 from the Jury of the Budgies World Low Cost Airline Awards, recognising achievements of airBaltic as a hybrid airline.