Message from Tony Tyler
The 69th IATA Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit was held in Cape Town, from 2 to 4 June 2013, kindly hosted by South African Airways.
800 delegates from our member airlines and industry partners and some 200 media made Cape Town the global capital of commercial aviation for a few days.
The last AGM held in Africa was in Nairobi in 1991, and it was good to have another ‘African’ AGM after such a long time. Africa has historically presented a number of significant challenges for air transport, and these were debated in depth during the panel discussions.
But now more than ever, the opportunities for air transport to drive social and economic development in Africa, and indeed for airlines to make money in that part of the world, will be more sharply brought into focus. Our discussions striked a balance between both the challenges and opportunities.
With its rich and diverse cultural history, South Africa will without doubt remain an unforgettable place for our 69th AGM.
It was a pleasure to meet all of our member airlines and industry partners in Cape Town.
Director General & CEO