European Regions Airline Association

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European Regions Airline Association
European Regions Airline Association logo.png
Typetrade association
HeadquartersLightwater, Surrey, United Kingdom
Region served
European regional airlines
Formerly called
European Regional Airlines Association

The European Regions Airline Association is the principal trade association representing intra-European regional airlines. It represents 52 airlines and 139 service providers (2017).[1]


The European Regions Airline Association was founded as the European Regional Airlines Association in 1980, by a small number of what were then known as commuter airlines.[2]:127 The association is registered as a limited company in England & Wales.[3]

In the 2000s, the line between low-cost airlines serving regional airports close to high-traffic areas and actual regional airlines became blurry, and the scope of ERA's potential members grew much bigger.[4] The congestion of major airports also led to a greater usage of closeby regional airports, once again making ERA a central actor of this growth.[5]

In March 2007, the ERA opposed the application of the European commission's rule to increase the airlines' responsibility regarding delayed or cancelled flights.[6]

In May 2008, when the European commission allowed airlines to trade take-off and landing slots, the ERA warned that this could lead to a slot-bartering economy that may in turn deteriorate the primary focus of airlines, servicing passengers.[7]

In February 2013, along with the International Air Transport Association, the ERA published A Blueprint for a Single European Sky, a set of proposals to strengthen the legislative basis for the Single European Sky.[8] In July 2013, when the European commission called for all state subsidies for airports to end within 10 years, the ERA criticized the proposal, arguing that this decision will have a negative impact on the development of regional airlines and airports.[9]

In 2014, the ERA pledged for a hiatus of the European Union Emissions Trading System until a compromise with other international authorities could be reached.[10]



The European Regions Airline Association makes an annual regional "Airport of the Year" award, which in 2016 was given to Southampton Airport, in Hampshire in southern England.[15]

It also organizes a "European regional airline of the year" award, which was attributed to:



  • 2017-present: Montserrat Barriga [18]
  • 2012-2017: Simon McNamara[19]
  • 1987-2013: Mike Ambrose[20]

Board members[edit]

  • Since March 2017: Christine Ourmières-Widener (CEO Flybe)[21]
  • Since April 2013: António Gomes de Menezes (President of Azores Airlines)[22]


  1. ^ "Overview and vision". Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  2. ^ M.A. Ambrose (1995). Regional airlines in Europe. In: G.B.R. Feilden, A. H. Wickens, Ivan Yates (1995). Passenger Transport After 2000 AD. London; Glasgow: E & FN Spon. ISBN 9780419194705.
  3. ^ Contact Us. European Regions Airline Association. Accessed 18 April 2017.
  4. ^ Victoria Moores (12 October 2007). "Regionals face competition from low-cost airlines". Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  5. ^ "The rise and rise of the regional airport". 29 April 2003. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  6. ^ Lorraine Mallinder (28 March 2007). "Barrot: air passengers get raw deal". Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  7. ^ "EU to allow sale of airport slots". 5 May 2008. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  8. ^ "A Step towards the Single European Sky". 13 June 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  9. ^ Charles Alcock (15 July 2013). "Europe Set To Stifle State Aid for Airports and Airlines". Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  10. ^ Cathy Buyck (17 March 2014). "EU ETS 'Stop-the-Clock' Scope Extended Till 2016". Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  11. ^ "ERA celebrate new airline member". 3 July 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  12. ^ Erlingur Nordal (22 July 2015). "Air Greenland becomes European Regions Airline Association member". Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  13. ^ "History of the airline". Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  14. ^ "SAS enters into regional airline alliance". 9 February 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  15. ^ Andrew Ross (17 October 2016). Southampton Airport flying high after being awarded as the best in Europe. Southern Daily Echo. Accessed 18 April 2017.
  16. ^ a b c "Binter Canarias, Europe's best regional airline 2005". 14 October 2005. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  17. ^ "CityJet named European regional airline of the year". 14 October 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  18. ^ "ERA appoints new director general". 21 September 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  19. ^ "European Regions Airline Association's Director General to stand down later this year". 11 May 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  20. ^ "Mike Ambrose Director General ERA" (PDF). Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  21. ^ "flybe Chief Executive Officer Joins European Regions Airline Association Board". 28 March 2017. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  22. ^ "Appointed: António Gomes de Menezes elected ERA board member – Azores". 3 April 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2017.