IATA living up to the legacy of the Chicago Convention
In the US, aviation supports 6.5 million jobs and contributes $779 billion to GDP including aviation-supported tourism, according to IATA’s just released report on the Value of Air Transport in the US1.
September 24, 2019
By PLA Editor
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged aviation stakeholders to continue to be guided by the spirit of the 1944 Convention on International Civil Aviation, known as the Chicago Convention, in responding to the challenges facing aviation today and in the future.
In the United States, aviation supports 6.5 million jobs and contributes $779 billion to GDP including aviation-supported tourism, according to IATA’s just released report on the Value of Air Transport in the US1.
Speaking at IATA’s Wings of Change Americas conference here, de Juniac outlined principles to ensure aviation continues to live up to the legacy of the Chicago Convention. In addition to maintaining safety as the industry’s highest priority, de Juniac urged aviation stakeholders to focus on:
- Environmental sustainability
- Ensuring a policy framework that encourages competition and innovation; and
- Infrastructure that is efficient and affordable.
De Juniac said that aviation is also working towards its 2050 target of achieving a 50% reduction in net CO2 emissions compared to 2005. Sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) potentially will play a huge role, but for that to occur, governments need to enact policies supporting commercialization of SAF. Advances in airframes and propulsion systems such as the development of all-electric and hybrid-electric aircraft, will also play a big part in cutting aviation’s emissions in half by 2050. It will also require operational improvements and greater efficiency from air navigation services providers.