ELFAAEuropean Low Fares Airline Association
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com, ELFAA welcomes the membership of easyJet as it adds to the association's ability to speak for the whole low-fare industry.
While ELFAA welcomes the proposed eco-labelling for aviation, the various taxes proposed by the Committee--while they would increase the cost of flights--would make no direct contribution to the environment.
ELFAA airline members are: easyJet, Flybe, Hapag-Lloyd Express, Norwegian, Ryanair, Sky Europe, Sterling, Sverige Flyg, Transavia and Wizzair.
Air Asia, Asia's first low fare airline to introduce "ticketless" travelling, also approached ELFAA and has now been expected as an associate airline member.
Kurth was also very pleased about the high level of interest from several regional airports in joining ELFAA within the next couple of months: "We have been approached by several regional airports stating their interests in becoming a member of our association.
The agency failed to consult with carriers and to provide any evidence to support the claimed runway problems, ELFAA argued.
ELFAA member airlines carry more than one-third of all passengers departing UK airports.
ELFAA also said AirAsia has expressed an interest in joining.
The ELFAA, whose members include Ryanair, clickair and easyJet, asked the government to abandon plans to increase its Air Passenger Duty (APD) on November 1 or scrap the tax entirely.
Low-fare airlines currently account for more than 35% of scheduled intra-European traffic, ELFAA said.
ELFAA estimates that CAI and Alitalia will benefit from roughly [euro]100 million per year on average in state aid through changes to the social security system prompted by the decree.
ELFAA said this tax not only "ensures a constant flow of unlawful aid to CAI/Alitalia but also unloads the cost of the subsidies onto CAI's competitors.