The Croatian national carrier Croatia Airlines has become the 54th member of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA), a non-profit trade association which represents almost 200 companies involved in European air transport, including airlines, airframe and engine manufacturers, airports, suppliers and service providers from all over Europe.
On this occasion Kresimir Kucko, the CEO of Croatia Airlines commented, ''We are pleased to become a member of ERA, such a reputable association. I believe that Croatia Airlines, as a regional leader in Southeast Europe, with its 28-year long experience will contribute to the successful operation of this organisation, which promotes healthy and safe European regional aviation market''. Kucko also added that membership in ERA would additionally improve the international reputation of the national carrier and open excellent opportunities to respond to the current business challenges.
''I'm looking forward to the future cooperation with all ERA members in our efforts to make air transport an even more important factor of the economic development and connection of the whole Europe”, said Kucko.
Simon McNamara, the ERA Director General expressed his satisfaction in welcoming Croatia Airlines as the newest ERA member. ''I’m very much looking forward to working with Croatia Airlines on many issues and challenges that affect European aviation. Croatia Airlines' decision to join ERA increases our influence on Europe’s regulatory bodies and adds further strength to our expanding airline membership'', commented McNamara.
Croatia Airlines is the second carrier from the former Yugoslavia to become a member of the association after Adria Airways. ERA assists with lobbying, campaign work and networking opportunities for its members.