Montserrat Barriga, director general of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA), discusses how the association’s collaborative endeavours are influencing the future of the European air cargo industry amidst its dynamic challenges.
The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) plays a vital role in fostering collaboration within the global air cargo industry.
With close ties to European agencies and institutions, we ensure a platform for cargo airlines to voice their perspectives amid the industry’s anticipated growth and challenges.
The association, representing over 55 airlines plus around 170 other companies involved in European air transport, facilitates the exchange of ideas and joint efforts to promote sustainable growth in the regional aviation sector.
Our extensive network, inclusive of air cargo airlines, greatly benefits the overall success and expansion of the European air cargo sector.
A myriad of benefits
The integration of air cargo airlines into ERA’s extensive network brings a myriad of benefits, contributing significantly to the overall success and growth of the European air cargo sector.
For cargo airlines, there are numerous benefits of being an ERA member, including:
Networking and collaboration
ERA provides cargo airlines with a network of industry players, fostering opportunities for business expansion, partnerships and knowledge sharing. The collaborative environment enables cargo carriers to learn from peers, exchange best practices, and explore innovations that enhance operational efficiency.
Representation and advocacy
ERA actively represents its members’ interests to regulatory bodies and governments. For cargo airlines, this translates into a powerful voice influencing policies and regulations that impact the air cargo industry, navigating regulatory landscapes and fostering a conducive environment for air cargo operations.
Access to resources and information
ERA equips cargo airlines with valuable resources, industry insights and best practices. In an ever-evolving sector, access to ERA’s expertise supports cargo carriers in navigating challenges and capitalising on opportunities, contributing to the continuous improvement of air cargo operations.
Influence and visibility
ERA membership elevates the influence and visibility of cargo airlines within the European aviation industry. This heightened profile is advantageous for cargo carriers seeking to strengthen their presence and operations in the region, ultimately contributing to the growth of the air cargo sector.
Participation in industry initiatives
ERA’s involvement in initiatives provides cargo airlines with the opportunity to contribute to operational efficiencies, cost savings, and environmental sustainability.
Addressing challenges and building resilience
To address the challenges posed by fluctuating demand in the cargo industry, ERA collaborates closely with cargo airlines on technological innovations, digitisation, data-sharing and automation to enhance the adaptability of cargo airlines to changing demand patterns.
By joining ERA, cargo airlines can benefit from forging new connections, achieving operational efficiencies, and reducing emissions, which are crucial for the long-term growth prospects of the air cargo sector.
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Cargo members add a new dimension to the association
While ERA boasts a membership that includes over 55 airlines carrying both passenger and cargo, the integration of pure cargo members adds a new dimension to our strength.
Cargo airlines bring unique perspectives, operational insights, and a focus on addressing the specific needs of the air cargo sector.
The membership of cargo airlines in ERA is a symbiotic relationship. It opens avenues for cargo carriers to thrive but also enriches our diversity, expertise, and industry representation contributing to the assoication’s overall success and growth.
Collaboration and engagement
We actively engage with cargo airlines through our own cargo group, plus additional various working groups including operations, air safety, industry affairs, and environmental and social.
We are committed to considering cargo airline members’ specific needs who are consulted on all upcoming regulatory topics. Their feedback helps shape our policy, lobbying, and advocacy activities.
During the pandemic, cargo airlines played a crucial role providing essential services. During this time, ERA worked very closely with our cargo members and the EC/EUROCONTROL European Aviation Crisis Coordination Cell (EACCC) and Member States to mitigate some of the national measures ensuring that operations could continue with minimal disruption.
Through close cooperation with the airlines, and state focal points, we were able to address border constraints and hotel availability.
We also made sure that the needs of our cargo members were reflected in the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)/European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) safety protocols.
ERA’s collaborative efforts are shaping the future of the European air cargo sector, fostering a connected, resilient, and sustainable industry.
Cargo airlines are a vital element of the European air transport ecosystem and add value to our diverse and unique membership base.
As the industry faces dynamic challenges, the collaborative efforts fostered by our members contribute to the collective success and growth of the European air cargo sector and industry as a whole.