Co-operation with ACI: following the recent Memorandum of Understanding concluded by IATA and ACI, the two organisations have agreed to strengthen co-operation on ground handling best practices, automated border control, improving existing passenger security processes (Security Access and Egress (SAE) Project) and Smart Security (SmartS).
LHR: the CAA’s final decision on charges for the 2014-2018 pricing period at Heathrow airport will be published in early January; IATA remains ready to support any appeal by the airline community.
South African airports: IATA works with ACSA to ensure that their 10 year, US$4.9 bn CAPEX program is demand led, geared towards delivering OPEX efficiencies, prioritized to reflect airline needs and ultimately affordable. A series of consultation meetings are scheduled with the company in Q1 2014.
Sao Paulo: as preparations continue for the opening of GRU’s new Terminal 3 from May 2014, IATA is engaged at all levels with the airline community and airport to align support for the Operational Readiness program.
Indian airports: IATA maintains its legal challenge against the tariff orders at Mumbai and Delhi airports. In a separate development, a report by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transportation has quoted and essentially agreed with IATA’s views on the privatisation of six AAI airports which have already been upgraded at significant cost using public funds.