Posted on: 19 January 2016 by Ross McSweeny
Flybe’s CEO Saad Hammad and Gheorghe Racaru, director general of Blue Air, have been elected to the board of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA).
“Regional aviation across Europe is faced with significant EU regulatory and policy making challenges, and there is strength in numbers,” Hammad explains. “European regional airlines must be allowed to operate on a level playing field against other airlines and, indeed, other modes of travel such as road and rail, which are usually the principal competitors. ERA provides the ideal forum for regional airlines to unite and work together with other stakeholders. I see it as an holistic eco-system that can instigate debate and influence policy while remaining within a healthy competitive environment.”
Racaru advises, “Our industry needs more cohesion from all stakeholders to find solutions to the growing concerns and challenges that it faces. ERA is a highly reputable industry association dedicated to the development of European aviation and I am committed to working with the board on behalf of all our members.”
“I am delighted that Saad Hammad and Gheorghe Racaru have been elected to ERA’s board,” added Simon McNamara, ERA’s director general. “They will be of great value at such a critical time in the development of regional aviation in Europe with the new EU aviation strategy ready to be debated. New input and thinking will add to our dynamic board and further enhance ERA’s strong and influential representation before Europe’s decision makers.”