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IATA: "common principles urged to help transport continue to deliver its benefits"

According to DG and CEO during "Aviation Day Usa"

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged the US government and industry stakeholders to agree upon a set of common principles in order to enable aviation to continue to increase the level of benefits it delivers in the US and around the globe. 

During the "Aviation Day USA" organized yesterday by IATA and the Wings Club, Alexandre de Juniac, Association’s Director General and CEO said, "To ensure that the business of freedom continues to grow the benefits the aviation generates, we must be guided by five core principles: 

First, we must be safe, and we must always strive to be even safer; 

Second, aviation thrives on partnership and cooperation, supported by global standards; 

Third, governments must avoid creating barriers to market innovation; 

Fourth, aviation must be supported by infrastructure that is efficient and affordable; 

Lastly, aviation must be sustainable, both environmentally and economically". 

He focused on infrastructure and market innovation with specific references to continuing developments in the US.

Infrastructure 

Infrastructure development is not keeping pace with growth in demand for flights. IATA forecasts that 7.8 billion passengers will travel globally in 2036. That is nearly double the 4.1 billion who flew in 2017. 

The Association also reiterated its broader concerns on governments looking to fund airport infrastructure development through privatization. 

To meet the air navigation service requirements of a growing industry with technology that will improve efficiency and environmental performance, IATA lent its support to the corporatization of air traffic management in the US. 

The diversion of federal fees and taxes intended for aviation-related infrastructure spending is also a cause for concern. 

Market Innovation 

IATA encouraged further rationalization of the regulatory environment to remove barriers to innovation. 

Specifically focusing on the US, the Association supported the US Department of Transportation's (DOT) ongoing review of regulatory over-reach.

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