ERA General Assembly a resounding success

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More than 400 delegates from over 150 industry companies including airlines, manufacturers, suppliers, airports and other organisations from the European aviation sector attended the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) General Assembly.

The conference, taking place in Madrid, provided excellent business networking opportunities for the sector stakeholders and generated stimulating debate and discussion between leading industry experts.

Highlights included Spanish airline Binter scooping the Airline of the Year Gold award and Southampton Airport being named the Airport of the Year at the ERA airline and airport awards, the most widely recognised industry awards in the European aviation sector.

The event programme featured many exciting and influential presenters including Atlantic Airways CEO Johanna a Bergi, CommutAir CEO Subodh Karnik, CityJet’s Executive Chairman Pat Byrne and Fatih Akol, Chairman of the Board, Borajet. At the annual general meeting of the association, the members also passed a resolution on the future of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) for aviation.

Simon McNamara, ERA Director General who presented on the state of European regional aviation with ERA President Boet Kreiken, said: “I’m pleased that so many of our members from all over Europe were able to join us in Madrid and make the most of this essential event for the European aviation industry. Over the past three days, we’ve exchanged a wealth of information, listened to many exciting presenters and gained invaluable insight on the latest issues affecting the sector. I’d like to thank all our sponsors, delegates and members for continuing to make the ERA General Assembly such a great success.”

The dates and venue are already set for the ERA General Assembly 2017. The event will take place at the Athenaeum Intercontinental Athens, Greece, on 17–19 October 2017.

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