Air Baltic has joined Airlines 4 Europe (A4E) as its first Eastern European member.

The Latvian low-cost carrier is headquartered in Riga and operates from bases in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

The airline joins founding members Air France KLM, Easyjet, International Airlines Group, Lufthansa Group and Ryanair, as well as Aegean, Finnair, Jet 2, Norwegian, TAP Portugal and Spanish low-cost carrier Volotea.

A4E has recently campaigned on issues including minimising the impact of air traffic control strikes, removing unreasonable taxes, and lowering the cost of the EU’s airports.

Commenting on the news Martin Gauss, CEO of Air Baltic said:

“We are excited to engage with Airlines for Europe – the most important and influential Brussels-based airline association – and its member airlines on their way to form a strong, joint group for all airlines in Europe.

“Representing the Eastern European hemisphere we will deliver new, important insights of smaller but fast growing markets within the European Union. I am convinced that this will to the benefit of all European passengers.”