The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) today published an open letter to the European Commission, Council and Parliament. ERA asked the bodies to choose between working in partnership with air transport towards common goals, or to continue persecuting industry and risk losing Europe’s international competitiveness. The letter was signed by ERA Director General, Mike Ambrose and ERA President and Olympic Air CEO, Antonis Simigdalas. Addressing journalists at a press conference in Edinburgh at the start of the association’s 8th annual Regional Airline Conference, Mike Ambrose said: “Air transport is a key enabler of economic prosperity and a vital link in the social structure of European society. More effective use of Europe’s air transport systems can facilitate the delivery of the EU’s goals of economic growth, a liberalised society, social cohesion, cultural development and freedom of mobility and choice. The industry and its experts are willing to work cooperatively with regulators and politicians to develop simple, effective regulations that will advance our common interests and improve the lives of European citizens, but this will only be achieved if our collective knowledge and advice are taken seriously. Continuing to apply punitive measures to air transport undermines the EU’s ability to deliver all of its objectives and risks much slower progress, while the rest of the world overtakes us. It’s time for the European Commission and Parliament to choose.”According to Simigdalas air transport is operating in the most adverse economic conditions it has ever faced and is further threatened by unnecessary regulation.