Industry reaffirms commitment to safety and security, cargo modernization, and sustainable fuels

Resolutions focused on security, cargo modernization, and the adoption of sustainable fuels have been passed at the 73rd IATA AGM in Cancun.

In a resolution reaffirming the airlines industry’s commitment to safety and security, IATA called for greater collaboration between government and industry stakeholders–both to protect passengers and crew, while minimizing disruption.

Information sharing among governments and with the industry is the key to staying a step ahead of emerging threats

Nick Careen, IATA’s Senior Vice President, Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security, highlighted the laptop ban as an example of governments failing to engage with the industry.

“Pre-implementation of the ban, there was no real coordination with the industry, so many were caught off guard,” he said.

“This has caused post-implementation issues to emerge, including concerns over lithium battery devices in the hold, which pose a safety risk.”

Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, said aviation is a target for terrorists “intent on destroying the freedom at the heart of our business.”

 “Information sharing among governments and with the industry is the key to staying a step ahead of emerging threats,” he added.

“We have the same goals—to keep passengers and crew safe. So it only makes sense that we work together as closely as possible.”

A resolution was also adopted which calls for the modernization of cargo processes to be stepped up. The resolution urges the air cargo industry to adopt modern standards that facilitate safe, secure, efficient operations, and use enhanced technology to provide customers with services able to self-monitor and send real-time alerts.

A further resolution calls for governments to implement policies that will accelerate the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).

Sustainable aviation fuels are an integral part of our comprehensive strategy

The resolution reaffirmed the industry’s commitment to work with governments to implement the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) global CO2 emissions agreement.

 “While offsetting is critical to managing emissions in the short-term, in the long-term we rely on clean technology improvements to achieve our goals,” de Juniac said. “Sustainable aviation fuels are an integral part of our comprehensive strategy but at the moment they are not being produced in enough quantity at a competitive cost.”

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