BBGA gains bigger voice in Europe as innovative dual membership deal is signed with EBAA

Tuesday 1st November 2016

The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA), the largest national business aviation group in Europe, is to grow in stature following the joint signing today of a significant new membership-based partnership with the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).  Effective November 2016, all UK members of EBAA will automatically become members of BBGA.

In addition, any new UK companies seeking to join Brussels-based EBAA will be invited to file their membership and pay their fees, accordingly, through their British association and enjoy the benefits of dual membership, including eligibility to exhibit at EBACE without the payment of further membership fees.

The result will see BBGA's membership expand to 170 member companies and give the Association even greater lobbying power as it will be joined by several more AOC operators.

"Members of BBGA and EBAA will benefit from dual membership - giving them a louder voice on crucial European and UK aviation matters," said Marc Bailey, CEO of BBGA.  The administrative side will be simpler for them too, as BBGA will (from November) collect both EBAA and BBGA annual membership contributions. 

"This new dual membership agreement will lead to an even greater co-operation between the EBAA and BBGA and enable us to be more visible when we represent our combined member companies when meeting with regulators, officials and politicians.  The main objective is for us to speak with one voice - whether we are in the UK or the EU." added Marc Bailey.

"We're delighted to enter into this agreement," says EBAA CEO Fabio Gamba. "It's the basis for enhanced coordination between the two associations, allowing us better to represent member interests at both National and European levels, and to speak with one voice for the sector."

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