IATA says aviation's economic and social benefits could be further strengthened

Air transport in Russia is on an “upward curve” but government must apply global standards to maximize the benefits generated by aviation, IATA has said.

Strong demand for connectivity is evident in over 12% growth this year in passenger traffic, and robust growth in air freight.

To write the next chapter in the successful development of Russian aviation, the country must continue to align with global standards and best practices

Latest estimates also show that aviation and aviation-enabled tourism support 1.1 million jobs and 1.6% of Russian GDP.

However, IATA believes aviation’s economic and social benefits could be further strengthened.

IATA calls on Russia to:

  • Ratify Montreal Protocol 2014 (MP14)—an important global treaty to give greater powers to prosecute unruly passenger behavior

  • Volunteer for the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA)

  • Ensure that the benefits of the recently-ratified Montreal Convention 99 treaty are felt, by ensuring customs and border authorities are ready to accept paperless cargo shipments.

“Russian aviation is on an upward curve,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

“The new optimism can be seen in everything from the preparations to receive millions of visitors for the 2018 World Cup, to the desire to create a new generation of passenger jets.

“To write the next chapter in the successful development of Russian aviation, the country must continue to align with global standards and best practices.

“Ratification of MP14 and volunteering to join the CORSIA carbon offsetting agreement would send a powerful signal that Russia is taking a leadership position in global aviation affairs.”

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