Posted on: 07 October 2015 by Mark Howells
The European Low Fares Airline Association (ELFAA) has recorded a 37% increase in passenger numbers year-on-year from July 2014 to June 2015, with member airlines carrying more than 306 million passengers in total.
The total aircraft deployed by ELFAA airlines also rose by 44.4% to 1,353, but the average occupancy still rose by 2.3 percentage points to 86.4% across the same period. Part of this can be attributed to adding British Airways, Iberia and Iberia Express to membership of the association.
John Hanlon, ELFAA’s secretary general, stated, “In contrast to other sectors of the airline industry, ELFAA has recorded positive growth each year since its formation in 2004. Our low fares, combined with reliable quality service, will enable millions more European citizens to travel affordably by air, improving Europe’s connectivity and making a real enabling contribution to Europe’s economic development.”
ELFAA airlines between them employ over 90,000 directly-engaged staff.