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About ERA

ERA (European Regions Airline Association) is the trade association representing the European air transport industry. ERA represents 51 airlines and 153 service providers including airframe and engine manufacturers, airports, suppliers and service providers from all over Europe and across the entire spectrum of the aviation industry. The power of one collective voice, representing multiple businesses, to promote and protect one industry sector is incredibly strong.

ERA works on behalf of its members to represent their interests before Europe’s major regulatory bodies, governments and legislators to encourage and develop long-term and sustainable growth for the sector and industry. The association also brings members together to exchange information and learn from each other through events and forums. A major part of ERA’s role is to raise the profile and importance of its members and to champion air transport in Europe.

ERA’s vision

Through leadership, representation and communication, ERA serves the interests of its members and promotes a healthy, safe and growing European regional airline market.

The European market

The European air transport industry is one of the most heavily regulated in the world in terms of social rights, consumer protection and the environment. With approximately one billion passengers flying on over 8.544 million flights (ATAG 2017), the European market contributes €823bn to European economic activity.

Our sector

ERA’s airlines provide vital connectivity and support for Europe’s regions, promoting social and territorial equality and cohesion as well as contributing to increased tourism, investment and job creation.

Our sector is an essential and crucial element of European air transport contributing hugely to economic and growth within Europe. ERA’s airlines:

  • carry 74 million passengers per year;
  • operate 1.15 million flights;
  • on 1,780 routes;
  • support 770,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs (of which 290,000 are directly generated by our members); and
  • contribute €59bn to Europe’s GDP.