BARIG history and development

In 1951 the Board of Airline Representatives in Germany (BARIG) was founded as representation for national and international airlines which operate in Germany. The Dutch KLM, the Scandinavian SAS, Belgian Sabena and Swissair from Switzerland were founding members.

Although commercial aviation was still in its first steps, in comparison to today - Frankfurt Airport was operated by twelve airlines only that time - the importance of aviation was obvious. With the growth of the importance of aviation, the necessity of jointly engaging with politics, industry and society became more and more important. So the airlines positioned themselves and their opinion through BARIG.

In the 1990 the liberalization and privatization in the industry started and aviation became more competitive. Due to those political and market changes the number of BARIG members increased very fast. By that time the organizational form of the representation was changed to an officially listed association. Today BARIG is managed by a fulltime management office and assisted by an executive committee with advisory function as well as several committees in strategic, industry and political topics. The General Assembly of all members forms the institutional body of BARIG.

Today BARIG is one of the worldwide biggest national associations of that kind in the aviation industry. BARIG represents the interests of around 100 member airlines operating from and to Germany and worldwide.

The strength of the organization is the ability to jointly stand for, or against, decisions from politics or regulators. The clear focus of BARIG is the constant improvement of framework conditions for its members to build a solid base for commercial success and the necessary global competitiveness of the aviation location and infrastructure in Germany.

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