Icelandair has joined Airlines for Europe (A4E), bringing its membership to 13 airline groups.

Commenting on the news Birkir Holm Gudnason, CEO of Icelandair said:

“We are looking forward to jointly work with A4E on a number of common matters affecting our industry´s operating environment.

“We should align our efforts, on behalf of our customers, to minimise various operational cost in the airline industry, e.g. lowering the cost of the EU´s airports.

“A4E’s key policy issues are also affecting our daily operation and therefore we need to form a strong voice in Europe.”

Last week Latvian low-cost carrier Air Baltic joined A4E as its first Eastern European member, joining 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.