IATA AGM endorses five resolutions to improve air transport

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The resolutions focus on implementing CORSIA, reminding governments of the effectiveness of industry-run slot coordination, using technology to improve the passenger experience and harmonized rules to improve access to travel for passengers with disabilities.


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has passed five resolutions at its 75th Annual General Meeting in Seoul, South Korea.

A resolution on the environment was “overwhelmingly passed” by the AGM and called on governments to implement the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) as agreed through the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization.

In addition, resolutions surrounding the issues of slots, radio frequency identification (RFID) for baggage tracking, IATA’s One ID initiative and disabled passengers were also passed at the AGM, which has seen 1,000 aviation leaders and media descend on the South Korean capital.

The AGM resolution on disabled passengers sees airlines commit to ensuring passengers with disabilities have access to safe, reliable and dignified travel

Regarding slots, IATA said the AGM “reaffirmed the importance” of a harmonized global system and said governments must urgently address capacity shortages. 

The resolution added that the Worldwide Slot Guidelines (WSG) is the global standard for the policies, principles and procedures of airport slot allocation and management.

With the initiatives on RFID and One ID, IATA’s AGM reiterated the support for full implementation of both. 

For RFID, the resolution commits airlines to transition to bar-coded baggage tags with RFID inlays, allowing RFID data alerts to aid the baggage process and avoid potential mishandlings.

IATA’s One ID initiative—which uses a single biometric identifier to move passengers through an airport—has been supported by a resolution calling for stakeholders such as airlines and government authorities to work together in promotion and implementation of the process.

The fifth AGM resolution on disabled passengers “aims to improve the air travel experience for people living with disabilities worldwide”, and sees airlines commit to ensuring that passengers with disabilities have access to safe, reliable and dignified travel.

For this, IATA said governments worldwide should use the organization’s core principles to accommodate disabled passengers across the globe.