Aircraft and events. IATA: Asia Pacific priorities
Taipei, Taiwan - Infrastructure, regulations, sustainability, said DG and CEO at the AAPA assembly of Presidents
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for urgent action to address the challenges of infrastructure, regulatory harmonization and sustainability. Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO said it in an address to delegates attending the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) Assembly of Presidents in Chinese Taipei. Infrastructure Capacity The Asia-Pacific region faces a difficult challenge in coping with growth in demand. IATA’s latest 20 year air passenger forecast expects 7.8 billion passengers to travel in 2036. That is almost twice the 4 billion passengers expected this year. More than half the growth will be in the Asia Pacific, with the region accounting for some 2.1 billion new travelers in 2036. He also cautioned against privatization as a solution to fund infrastructure investments. De Juniac also noted the progress of an international nodal approach to flow management to improve the efficiency of air traffic management in the Asia-Pacific. Regulatory Harmonization The DG emphasized the importance of global standards to maximizing the efficiency of connectivity. China recently introduced new and unique requirements without consultation with industry for handling portable electronic devices (PEDs) and is considering major deviations from the Worldwide Slot Guidelines. Environment It has been a year since the historic International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) agreement on Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). And in just over 14 months airlines will need to start reporting their emissions. The CEO urged more governments, including those in the Asia-Pacific region, to join the voluntary period from 2021 to 2026, and to clarify the scheme’s technical details. De Juniac also called on Asia-Pacific governments to do more to support the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF).
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