ELFAA brings in new secretary general

12th Jun 2006

The European Low Fares Airlines Association
has announced the appointment of John Hanlon as its new
Secretary General. John worked for 29 years with British Airways, all
of it in Overseas General Management in Europe, the Middle East and
Africa. His last position was General Manager Africa and Indian Ocean.
In June 2000 John joined ELFAA member Flybe, becoming Director Alliances
in 2002.  During his time with Flybe, John has been actively involved
with ELFAA and a representative on a number of ELFAA Working Groups,
including those dealing with environmental and airspace issues.  John is
therefore well placed to take on the role of Secretary General for

ELFAA also bids farewell to Jan Skeels who was instrumental in launching
ELFAA in 2004 and has served as the ELFAA Secretary General for the past
two years.  We thank Jan for her efforts on behalf of ELFAA and wish her
well in her new endeavours.

Speaking today following his appointment, Mr. Hanlon said:
      “I am delighted to have the opportunity to take on the role of
Secretary General of ELFAA.  The low fares sector is the fastest growing
and most dynamic sector in the European air transport industry.  Low
fares airlines have brought huge benefits to consumers in terms of lower
fares and greater choice and have also played a major role in increasing
regional integration and economic development.
      At the same time, low fares airlines, and European air transport
in general, face significant challenges ahead, including the tendency of
the EU to over- regulate the industry, ongoing protectionism by certain
Member States of their national airlines, and the spiralling cost of
fuel.  However, low fares airlines are best placed to rise to these
challenges and I look forward to working with the industry to ensure
that air transport remains competitive and continues its role as a vital
contributor to economic growth and regional development.”


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