In his State of the Industry speech at Global Media Day 2017, IATA’s Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said that global standards were at the core of the airline industry’s strong performance around the world.
He also emphasized the industry’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions.
Airlines have invested in planes with amazing capabilities, but we are not able to use them fully to maximize efficiency
The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) will be an important part of the industry’s target to cut aviation’s carbon footprint to half of 2005 levels by 2050.
Aviation is the only industry that has asked governments to be regulated regarding carbon emissions, and 72 governments have already agreed to join CORSIA.
”We continue to encourage more governments to join,” de Juniac said. “We’d like it to be more."
Other key priorities for the industry included safety, distribution, regulation, and security. But de Juniac highlighted that infrastructure required “urgent attention” from governments.
“Governments are not meeting their responsibility to provide sufficient infrastructure for the industry to meet demand,” he said. ”And in the case of air traffic management, that also has an environmental cost.
"Airlines have invested in planes with amazing capabilities, but we are not able to use them fully to maximize efficiency.”
De Juniac urged governments to collaborate with the industry to develop infrastructure to meet demand and to “power your economies”.
“There is no time to lose,” he added.