CityJet chief executive Christine Ourmières has been named as vice president of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA).

Ourmières was the first female chief executive of an Irish airline and has introduced a number of changes at CityJet that have turned around the fortunes of the carrier.

She joins the association’s two serving vice presidents Carlos Bertomeu, chief executive of Air Nostrum, and Martin Isler, executive vice president of Luxair, and ERA’s president Boet Kreiken, managing director of KLM Cityhopper.

The addition of a third vice president to the board is intrinsic to the association’s recent strategic business review and efficiency drive, the ERA said.

“The association is committed to working even more closely with its members and lobbying harder than ever on their behalf to ensure that their contribution to Europe’s social and economic prosperity is recognised and supported,” a spokesman said.

ERA director general Simon McNamara said: “Christine has been an active member of the ERA board since 2012. As vice president, Christine will bring her expertise to a new, strengthened president and vice president team that will help to drive the association forward.”

Ourmières added: “I am privileged and honoured to be elected as vice president of the board; it is a position I take very seriously, and one I look forward to working tirelessly on.

“Along with ERA I am committed to creating positive change in the intra-European aviation industry and look forward to working with the leadership of ERA and the board.”