Norwegian, Europe’s third largest low-cost carrier, joined Airlines for Europe (A4E). A4E was launched in January by founding members Air France KLM, easyJet, International Airlines Group, Lufthansa Group and Ryanair.

Airlines for Europe (A4E) is Europe’s new and largest airline association. It is based in Brussels, and its members account for more than half of the continent’s passenger journeys, operating more than 2,300 airplanes and generating EUR 93 billion in turnover each year.

Norwegian ceo, Bjorn Kjos, said: “Norwegian has always believed in healthy competition among airlines to create more choice and lower fares for passengers. But we also firmly believe in an industry where low-cost and network carriers can unite to tackle the many issues we all face together. We are delighted to join Airlines for Europe to add our voice to the important debate about the huge challenges and opportunities our industry faces in the future.”

A4E’s Managing Director, Thomas Reynaert, said: “Airlines for Europe is open for business and ready to represent the interests of all European airlines. We will grow our member base over the next months, uniting more European airlines to take forward changes that will increase our competitiveness and result in lower fares and more choice for passengers. I am thrilled to welcome Norwegian and Finnair to A4E”.