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Message by Tony Tyler, Director General & CEO

In a few weeks we will meet in Cape Town, South Africa for the 69th IATA Annual General Meeting and the issues on the agenda are significant.

Safety is our top priority and will be a key focus of our first AGM on African soil since Nairobi in 1991. Last year was the safest in aviation history. With no Western-built jet hull losses among the 380 airlines on the IOSA registry (including 25 African airlines), it is clear that IOSA is playing a key role in making our safe industry even safer. The Abuja Declaration recognizes IOSA’s efficacy and commits African governments to make IOSA mandatory. Our challenge is to help close the safety performance gap by working with Africa’s non-IOSA carriers to bring them on board.

The spotlight will also be shared with the topic of environment. We continue to urge governments to come to a global agreement on how market based measures (MBM) can be applied to aviation. While the long-term solutions on climate change will be based on technology, operations and infrastructure, MBM’s will be critical to achieving carbon neutral growth from 2020. Another key discussion at the AGM will focus on helping governments by agreeing how airlines will share the MBM cost burden.

The AGM will also be an important platform to clear up myths and misconceptions concerning the development of the New Distribution Capability (NDC). Introducing an XML messaging standard for communication between airlines and travel agents will enable innovation that will deliver benefits to both industry and consumers. Most other industries have already evolved their distribution to the Internet age. NDC will enable our industry to offer travelers a modern shopping experience.

I look forward to seeing you in Cape Town for a vigorous debate on these and other critical industry issues.


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