IATA director general and CEO Tony Tyler called (06-Nov-2013) on governments to adopt and adhere to global standards that are necessary for the safe, efficient and sustainable operation of the global air transport system. Mr Tyler noted that a large part of the success of the global aviation industry can be attributed to global standards. Speaking at the Annual General Meeting of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO), Mr Tyler identified commercial regulation, infrastructure capacity and environment as areas where global standards and a global approach are crucial.
- Commercial Regulation: Mr Tyler expressed "deep concerns that some governments are introducing fragmentation into our global industry", highlighting the issue of passenger rights. The "unintended consequences are extra costs and confusion” said Mr Tyler. He urged governments to adopt the global standards for passenger liability established in the Montreal Convention 1999;
- Infrastructure capacity: Mr Tyler said that global standards are critical to managing scarce airport resources when demand for air travel exceeds runway capacity. Another area where capacity is being squeezed is airspace. Mr Tyler urged governments to work together with users to find solutions;
- Environment: Mr Tyler said that just as global standards are crucial for the safe and efficient operation of international aviation, the industry needs a global solution to address its environmental responsibilities. He stated that despite the agreement at ICAO, Europe has reintroduced its plan to include international aviation in its regional emissions trading scheme. He called on governments, particularly European governments, to keep the global and long-term view that underpinned the success at ICAO. The "big prize is a global agreement to manage aviation’s emissions post-2020" added Mr Tyler. [more - original PR]