The International Air Carrier Association (IACA) welcomed its first fully-fledged non-European member at its annual general meeting in Palma de Mallorca this week, with the addition of Nouvelair.
The latter is is a Tunisian carrier with seven Airbus A320s and two A321s that operates on routes between the North African country and
IACA, the trade body for leisure carriers, does have two Turkish members, Atlasjet Airlines and SunExpress. However, both have significant stakes held by German shareholders.
Intriguingly, a Chinese charter carrier has indicated interest in joining the association.
The other change to the membership is that there are now a number of airlines operating a hybrid charter/seat-only model. Indeed, the organisation and its members eschew the word charter, and in recent years have preferred the term ‘leisure carrier’ to emphasise that the business model is not just about traditional package holidays. But with some members also carrying business passengers, this definition is also being questioned. One delegate suggested ‘low-cost leisure’ may be the way forward.