CEOs of several of Europe’s largest airline groups are due to meet in Brussels on Wednesday to provide a unified view the European Union’s (EU) proposed new aviation strategy.

Alexandre de Juniac (Air France-KLM), Carolyn McCall (easyJet), Willie Walsh (International Airlines Group), Carsten Spohr (Lufthansa) and Michael O’Leary (Ryanair) will gather at a hotel at Brussels Zaventem airport.

According to their representatives, their aim will be to outline a shared vision for an EU strategy that will support jobs and growth in Europe, as well as giving passengers more choice and lower fares.

Their meeting is being held against the backdrop of EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc’s consultation on a new EU strategy for the sector.

Airlines in Europe and beyond have complained that when the EU has produced aviation policies in the past they have tended to work against the industry’s interests.

In a speech earlier this month, she said that, despite Europe being one of the most integrated aviation regions in the world, with common rules, “A truly unified vision for the sector is missing.”

In remarks for the IATA annual meeting in Miami she said: “I would like to have a dynamic, positive and innovative strategy to boost international and regional competitiveness. In my view, engagement is the only way to reach a level playing field and fair competition. But to engage we need leverage, and to gain leverage we need a common voice.”

In a clear nod towards the Persian Gulf nations, she added: “Other regions put aviation at the centre of their economic strategies. Fierce global competition, paired with a relative loss of capacity at EU hub airports, risks leaving the EU on the edge of the aviation world market.

“We won’t stand a chance of delivering an effective strategy if we don’t work together: European institutions, [EU] member states, regulators, the industry and its employees. We all have a common interest in ensuring long-term, high-quality and sustainable services, and in remaining a major aviation region in the world.”

The CEOs are scheduled to give their opinions on the way forward after their meeting.