In 1991 the airline industry was in turmoil. A cyclical downturn in its fortunes was being aggravated by the Gulf War. Yet at the same time the European Commission in Brussels was preparing the so-called "Third Package" of liberalisation measures which would have far-reaching consequences for airlines in Europe.
Brussels had become the driver of change within air transport. The creation of the European Aviation Club in 1991 was a response to the tumultuous events taking place.
A group of aviation lawyers, economists, consultants and academics came together to create a forum where those interested in air transport, in all its aspects, could meet and discuss informally the key issues and developments affecting the aviation sector - and to do this close to the heartbeat of Europe in Brussels.