14-Dec-2012 9:33 AM

IATA sets 2013 industry priorities

IATA (13-Dec-2012) announced the following priorities and targets were set for 2013 by the IATA board during their Dec-2012 session:

Safety – improve global safety, especially in Africa:

  • Roll out a transition plan to Enhanced IOSA (e-IOSA) with at least 10 e-IOSA audits;
  • Gain ratification of the Africa Strategic Improvement Action Plan and bring 10 additional African-based airlines to IOSA by 2015.

Security – improve security checkpoints:

  • Secure two airports and government support to deploy a first generation 'Checkpoint of the Future' in 2014.

Airline revenues – manage airline revenues securely and efficiently:

  • Automate 96% of settlements with a global tool;
  • Aim to reduce costs 27% by 2017;
  • Ensure 99.95% of IATA Settlement Systems (BSP and CASS) funds are settled on time.

Value chains – rebalance the value chains, improve airline revenues, and reduce costs:

  • Develop a refined standard for New Distribution Capability and implement live pilots involving airlines, agencies, aggregators;
  • Reduce airport and ANSP charges, fuel fees and taxes by USD750 million as well as proposed cost increases by 25% in 2013/14.

Environment – protect the industry’s ability to grow in a sustainable manner:

  • Facilitate a global agreement on market-based measures under ICAO that reflects IATA’s four-pillar strategy and the industry’s commitment to carbon-neutral growth from 2020.

Regulatory – protect members from burdensome regulation:

  • Ensure governments follow the Worldwide Slot Guidelines when determining slot allocation procedures;
  • Press for the adoption of harmonised and reasonable approaches to consumer protection/passenger rights legislation and regulation;

Industry costs and customer service – create value, reduce industry costs, and improve customer service:

  • Achieve 20% e-Air Waybill (e-AWB) penetration where legally feasible;
  • Complete implementation of Electronic Miscellaneous Documents (EMDs) in the IATA Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP);
  • Drive 'Fast Travel' penetration to include 20% of eligible passengers. [more - original PR]