What is BARIG?
BARIG is short for the Board of Airline Representatives in Germany. BARIG was founded in 1951 and on 5 November 1993, was established as a registered association – an "eingetragener Verein" (e.V.). Airlines with sales or operational presence in Germany may become BARIG members. We currently have 103 members and are – to our knowledge – the largest BAR in the world.
What does BARIG do?
In a sentence, BARIG represents, promotes and protects the common interests of its members in Germany.
BARIG is highly recognized as the major institution for all airlines which are active in the German market. The airports, aeronautical authorities of the Federal Government, the Federal State Governments, the European Commission and the German Air Traffic Control respect BARIG's work and regularly consult with BARIG. BARIG is also frequently in contact with the press, radio and television.
BARIG's predominant goal is to improve the commercial and operational conditions for airlines active in Germany. To reach this goal, BARIG is involved in all important aeropolitical discussions and decisions, changes in legislation and charges, curfew regulations and other related matters. BARIG is also in a continuous dialog with noise commissions, border control and customs authorities, as well as operators and associations of other modes of transportation, including the German Railway.
Pursuing the airlines' common interests and coordinating its policies is especially important in Germany, because in Germany the airlines are faced with very high costs and limited aviation infrastructure capacities as well as complicated allocation of competencies among the European, Federal, Federal State and municipal authorities.
BARIG's Service Offers:
Another very important aspect of BARIG’s work is the ever growing service offer for our members, including a job information service, job tickets, training seminars, expert lectures and group rates for a large variety of service offers.
Along with the opening in the airline business to more competition, the roll of the Board of Airline Representatives in Germany in the aviation industry in Germany has also changed. BARIG is no longer the keeper of aged IATA interests, but rather the active partner for over 100 airlines that run a substantial part of their business in Germany.
With over 120 million passengers per year in Germany, BARIG is very aware of its responsibilities and how important the German market is for its members. Our mission is to be critical, but constructive and active without being activists. Our input – constructive arguments and problem solving recommendations – is given in order to achieve positive developments for air transportation in Germany. The more airlines in our membership, the stronger our impact on aeropolitical developments in Germany.
The continuing liberalization and strong growth in aviation require an even more intensified dialog with politicians, authorities and the public. The interest in BARIG’s work has also increased among those outside the aviation industry. To achieve this, we successfully make use of all relevant forums.
Recognition for our successful work is evident in the growing interest of our members to take over an official function in one of BARIG's bodies. Through active participation in our committees, members pursue the common interests for the benefit of the entire industry. The international representatives from BARIG's member airlines and their global experience contribute to the further development of BARIG's work from which all BARIG members benefit.
How does BARIG work?
The main bodies in BARIG are the Full Board, the Executive Committee, the Secretary General, the Charges Working Group, the Cargo Committee, the CRS Working Group and the Taxes Task Force.
BARIG's members meet regularly in the Full Board to discuss BARIG's goals and activities. During these meetings, Resolutions are frequently adopted regarding major topics of interest. These Resolutions are distributed to the relevant political authorities, business partners and the media. The Executive Committee consists of twelve airline representatives who are elected from the Full Board and who represent each of the world air traffic areas. The Charges Working Group, the Cargo Committee, the CRS Working Group and the Taxes Task Force also meet regularly to discuss topics pertaining to their area of expertise. The BARIG office in Frankfurt is run by the Secretary General and his assistant.