IATA Director General and CEO calls for a collective approach to tackling security threats at AVSEC World.

Alexandre de Juniac

By Patrick Appleton

A strong and co-operative relationship between governments and the aviation industry is the “bedrock” to future success in keeping the sector a safe place to do business, said Alexandre de Juniac.

IATA forecasts a doubling of passenger demand to reach 8.2 billion by 2037, and with that comes a responsbility to further lessen threats to air transport security.

Speaking at the AVSEC World conference in Miami, the International Air Transport Association Director General and CEO said collaboration is key in the battle against emerging and established threats.

Global standards and collaboration—among governments and industry—is the bedrock of our continued success

“Flying is secure, but keeping it that way is not an easy task,” he said. “Threats are evolving, the geo-political landscape is complex, technology is rapidly changing and the volumes of both cargo and travelers keeps growing. 

“Global standards and collaboration—among governments and industry—is the bedrock of our continued success.”

    Urging stakeholders to focus on global standards, information-sharing, risk-based analysis and emerging threats to secure aviation for decades to come, IATA said some of the critical areas that need attention include:

    • Securely vetting the millions of airport and airline staff who have access to aircraft
    • Ending extra-territorial measures that often require airlines to take on government responsibilities (i)
    • Improving the security experience for passengers, even as the number of passengers is set to double over the next two decades

    IATA also called on governments and the industry to give greater attention to emerging threats such as cyber attacks.

    With delivery of a strategy to address that particular problem expected in early 2020, de Juniac said the aviation industry must remain vigilant in the quest for digitization.

    “The digital transformation of the airline industry holds immense promise. But we must ensure that our aviation systems remain safe, secure and resilient against cyber-attack,” he said. 

    “Constructive dialogue and timely information-sharing among industry, technology providers and governments will be critical if we are to achieve this.” 

    • To read Alexandre de Juniac’s full address at the AVSEC World conference, click here