Warsaw –The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released a new study showing that a more competitive air transport sector in Poland could generate an additional €3 billion in extra GDP to the nation's economy and more than 8,000 jobs by 2037.
An IATA study, Poland Air Transport Regulatory Competitiveness Indicators, recommends that to maximize the economic and social benefits created by a successful air transport industry, Poland should:
- Implement the National Airspace Strategy in consultation with users to improve airspace capacity and efficiency.
- Modernize Polish aviation policy by embracing Smarter Regulations that foster a more efficient consultation process with industry stakeholders.
- Develop a national plan for air transport to prioritize sustainable development of air connectivity and expand intramodality.
Air transport's contribution to the Polish economy is already significant. The industry supports 137,000 jobs and contributes €4 billion to the economy, accounting for roughly 1% of Poland's GDP. If the government adopts an agenda for competitiveness, 8,000 more jobs and €3 billion in additional GDP will be generated by 2037. In contrast, 40,000 jobs could be lost if Polish air transport competitiveness is not improved.
Also high on the aviation agenda is the environment. The industry is committed to reducing carbon emissions to half of 2005 levels by 2050. An interim target is for carbon-neutral growth from 2020, delivered with the help of the Carbon Offsetting Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). Progress has already been made: since 1990, CO2 emissions per passenger have been halved. Meeting the 2050 goal requires significant investment in new technology and sustainable aviation fuels. If the Polish government encourages these initiatives, it would not only demonstrate climate leadership but also create new economic opportunities.
"A strong agenda for aviation competitiveness will foster air transport's already significant economic and social benefits in Poland. By embracing a National Airspace Strategy, Smarter Regulations and a national plan for air transport, Poland could generate wealth and additional jobs from air transport. And if this is carried out in tandem with political support for sustainable aviation fuels and hybrid-electric technology, reductions in carbon emissions will be accelerated," said Rafael Schvartzman, IATA's Regional Vice President for Europe.
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- The Poland Air Transport Regulatory Competitiveness Indicators report can be found here