IATA urges Vietnam to support air cargo
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on the Vietnamese government to work with the air transport sector to strengthen the country’s economy through global air connectivity.
October 1, 2014
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on the Vietnamese government to work with the air transport sector to strengthen the country’s economy through global air connectivity. IATA identified three broad strategic areas to focus on: Infrastructure, passenger experience and cargo.
“Vietnam is a dynamic and rapidly growing aviation market. The successful development of aviation will pay big dividends to the Vietnamese economy.
It must be treated as a strategic asset and handled correctly,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s director general and CEO in his keynote address at the Vietnam Aviation Day organised by IATA and Vietnam Airlines. Aviation contributes US$6 billion to Vietnam’s GDP and supports over 230,000 jobs.
While air freight accounts for a very small amount of Vietnam’s trade by volume, it represents 25 per cent of Vietnam’s total trade by value, or US$29 billion and Tyler highlighted the important role e-freight can play in improving the efficiency of the country’s air cargo sector.
“A key step to implementing e-freight is the adoption of the e-Air Waybill (e-AWB). While Vietnam Airlines has been able to use e-AWB for domestic freight, it is unable to do so internationally as Vietnam has yet to ratify the Montreal Convention 99 (MC99). I urge Vietnam to ratify MC99 quickly so that greater efficiencies can be achieved in Vietnam’s air cargo sector,” said Tyler. MC99 provides the legal framework for the use of electronic document of carriage, paving the way for freight forwarders and airlines to use the e-AWB.