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Is your airline ready for CORSIA? The Countdown in on

At the 73rd IATA Annual General Meeting, IATA and the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) launched a campaign to raise awareness of/on what airlines need to comply with CORSIA termed “Countdown to CORSIA”. 

The adoption of the ICAO Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation – better known as “CORSIA” by governments meeting at ICAO, is the first climate measure of its kind  for any global industry and is a solution which will help airlines achieve carbon-neutral growth in a cost efficient way and avoid a complex patchwork of different schemes. The global aviation industry has taken leadership on climate change, with a robust plan to reduce CO2 emissions based on a comprehensive set of goals. After 2020, technological, infrastructure and operational efficiency measures will be complemented by CORSIA.

Whilst the scheme does not fully take effect until end of 2020, all operators will need to monitor their emissions starting on 1 January 2019. Already in 2018, aircraft operators will need to put in place the procedures and systems that will be used to monitor fuel use and to manage data flow and data control.

If your airline operates international flights, you will be required to monitor and report your emissions starting from 2018. Flights on some routes may be exempt from offsetting requirements, but all airlines and operators must monitor and report the fuel use and emissions of all international flights.

Each operator should choose a focal point to help ensure that you have all the information to comply with CORSIA with one dedicated person or department. This could be your environment, fuel, operations or finance department. Dedicated airline staff should register for updates at corsia@iata.org  straightaway.

On the 22nd of August, 2017, IATA, in collaboration with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority hosted a one day Workshop on the Countdown to CORSIA in Lagos, Nigeria. We encourage all airlines to utilize this capacity building opportunity. We will also be sending updates with the latest information on the implementation of CORSIA, as the system is refined over the next months and years. We will also make available training and development events that will help your company prepare, and to remind you of key milestones in the development of CORSIA.

In the meantime, we have put together a special webpage  which will become a resource center for operators preparing for the scheme. You can find the Countdown to CORSIA checklist and a frequently asked questions page which we will update as more information becomes available. If you have a question about the scheme, please let us know at corsia@iata.org and we can add it to this page – many other airlines may also have the same question!

IATA warmly welcomes a new African airline

We are pleased to welcome Air Peace to the IATA family. With this new addition, our esteemed membership base in Africa and Middle East rises to 56 airlines. 

Air Peace is a licensed Regional and Domestic Scheduled and Non-Scheduled air carrier. It operates out of its base in Lagos, Nigeria, where it serves all of Nigeria’s major cities. As an IATA member, Air Peace now has access to a wide range of exclusive discounts on IATA products and services including IATA publications and events. This is in addition to participation in IATA working groups and industry programs on Safety, Security, Cargo, Smarter Regulations, Environment, Taxation and much more.

IATA currently stands at 275 member airlines worldwide comprising 83% of total air traffic. We will continue to provide all our members with a credible, experienced and knowledgeable voice to support and promote the best interests of the global aviation industry. For more information on IATA Membership, please contact us at amemer@iata.org

We would also like to hear from airlines across the region (IATA members and non-members in Africa and the Middle East). What would you like us to do more of and how can we be of more support to you in 2017? To provide your feedback, kindly complete the very brief (1 page, 1 minute) survey.

Iran and IATA host Smarter Regulations Workshop

In collaboration with the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) and under the auspices of the IATA International Airline Training Fund (IATF), IATA held a Smarter Regulation workshop in Tehran, Iran on the 2nd of May. Attendees included key officials from different major aviation stakeholders and regulators in Iran including the Civil Aviation Organization (CAO), Ministry of Transport, Iran Airport Company and the Iranian Airlines Association.

The workshop was an introduction to IATA’s “Smarter Regulation” concept and a description of key principles that are accepted as international best practice. The Workshop presented a wonderful opportunity for the industry to explain to the regulatory officials the different perspectives in implementing air transport regulations. Overall, the objective of the workshop is to understand how to create an effective regulatory environment that fulfils the potential of aviation as a key driver of social development and economic growth in the least burdensome manner to the airlines. Based on the fruitful deliberations with the Iran CAO during the workshop, IATA will be further lending its expertise and will support the Iran CAO on its internal guidelines for developing regulations.

IATA is planning more Smarter Regulations Workshops in other AME countries to ensure these principles are used in various regulatory proposals. Smarter Regulations seek to promote partnerships with governments in order to deliver clearly defined, measurable regulations/policies that regulate the industry in the least burdensome way. For more information on the initiative, please visit Smarter Regulation page.

Egypt becomes the 9th Party to ratify the Montreal Protocol 2014 (MP14)

We are pleased to congratulate the officials and airlines of Egypt on the country’s ratification of the Montreal Protocol 2014 (MP14) effective July, 2017. Egypt becomes the 9th party in the world, and the 3rd in the Middle East, to ratify this important international treaty to address Unruly Passenger issues.

Unruly passenger issues remain a challenge for the airlines and industry as a whole. The growing frequency and severity of these incidents adversely affects safety, impacts on the overall travel experience, causes operational disruption and leads to significant costs for airlines. Unfortunately, many unruly passengers who commit serious offenses do not face prosecution or other legal or economic sanctions for their misconduct. Taken together with IATA-supported initiatives to prevent and manage unruly passenger incidents, the ratification of the protocol should provide an effective deterrent for unacceptable behavior on board aircraft and lead to a safer and a more pleasant air travel experience for all.

Egypt is a major aviation State and we hope that this development will encourage other States in the region to ratify MP14 and bring it into force. The Protocol requires the ratification, acceptance, approval or accession of 22 nations to take effect. At present, there are 30 signatories and nine ratifications and accessions.

IATA and our partners within the region, namely the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) and the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) have written joint letters to States encouraging the ratification of the Montreal Convention 1999 and the Montreal Protocol, 2014. 

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