News

72nd IATA AGM and Conference in Dublin

72nd IATA AGM and Conference in Dublin

The International Air Transport Association has announced that leaders of the global air transport industry are gathering in Dublin for the Association’s 72nd AGM and World Air Transport Summit. The AGM will open with keynote addresses by Shane Ross TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, and Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President, Council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

Tony Tyler

Tony Tyler

“The airline industry’s most senior leaders will discuss measures to ensure the economic and social benefits of safe, secure, efficient and sustainable global air transport,” said Tony Tyler, IATA Director General and Chief Executive.

A highlight of the World Air Transport Summit will be a panel discussion on the industry’s top issues featuring Bernard Gustin, Chief Executive, Brussels Airlines; Ed Bastian, Chief Executive, Delta Air Lines; Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates Airline; Jayne Hrdlicka, Chief Executive, Jetstar Group; and Charamporn Jotikasthira, President, Thai Airways. The discussion will be moderated by CNN’s Richard Quest. Summit panel discussions will also focus on sustainability and cyber security, with Alan Joyce, Chief Executive, Qantas, among panel participants.

The IATA AGM and World Air Transport Summit bring together chief executives and senior management of IATA’s 264 member airlines that together carry some 83% of global traffic. Stakeholders from across the value chain will participate in the event, including leaders from governments, international organisations, aircraft manufacturers and other industry partners.

This will be the second IATA AGM to be held in Dublin, the first being in 1962. Nearly 1,000 delegates are expected to participate in the event being hosted by Aer Lingus at the Royal Dublin Society.

Ireland a Growing Air Transport Gateway to Europe

“For a nation of just 4.6 million people, Ireland has always punched above its weight in the aviation world,” said Tyler. “Air connectivity is the backbone of a thriving tourist industry and serves as a cultural bridge for the 80 million people around the world who identify themselves with Irish heritage. Today Dublin’s growing hub is a vital transatlantic gateway to Europe.”

Ireland has a rich aviation history. The first ever transatlantic flight, in 1919, touched down in Ireland, and Foynes was the principal departure point for flying boat services to North America.

“In line with its historical legacy, Ireland today is home to successful and innovative airlines, a growing hub and a thriving wider aviation and aerospace sector. Successive Irish governments have led the way with a regulatory and fiscal regime that is helping to foster economic growth through strong air connectivity,” said Tyler.

Aviation generates $10.5 billion in GDP and supports 220,000 jobs in Ireland. According to IATA’s 20-year passenger forecast, Ireland’s average annual growth rate of 2.4% is higher than that predicted for the UK (2.2%), and considerably faster than comparably-sized European nations such as Greece (1.7%) and Portugal (0.9%).

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News

Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

More in News

1-IMG_2915

Aer Lingus to Launch Dublin-Miami on 1st September

Michael FloodJuly 25, 2017
WH Veranda Suite-XL

Silverseas luxury seven day cruise in Northern Europe

Michael FloodJuly 25, 2017
Travel Deals

Great Value Travel Deals – 25th July 2017

Sarah SlatteryJuly 24, 2017
london gaa launch 13

CityJet becomes the Official Airline of London GAA

Michael FloodJuly 24, 2017
Repro Free: Thursday 21st July, Dublin Airport:
Aer Lingus welcomed a piece of Irish aviation history into its hangar at Dublin airport today as it received a Douglas DC-3 aircraft hailing from the 1940s and 50s and freshly painted in the Aer Lingus livery of that era. The DC-3 was the fifth aircraft type to be operated by Aer Lingus in 1940 and at that time was part of a fleet of just 5, while today’s fleet now stands at 63 aircraft operating more than 100 routes to UK, Europe and North America. The DC-3 aircraft will feature in Bray Air Display and Foynes Air Show this weekend. Pictured are Aer Lingus cabin crew Sarah Jane Bennett and Christina Foley wearing the airline’s 1940s uniform together. Picture Jason Clarke

Aer Lingus gets nostalgic about the DC 3

Michael FloodJuly 24, 2017
CAR Website

CAR Issues New Travel Agents Licence

Neil SteedmanJuly 24, 2017
Relax in tropical splendor on the deserted barrier island beaches surrounding Marco Island.

Naples on Florida’s Paradise Coast a Must Visit Destination

Michael FloodJuly 23, 2017
Travelport Drive Me

Booking a Car Transfer Made Easy with Travelport Drive Me

Neil SteedmanJuly 23, 2017
IMG_0822

AirWaves from Royal Caribbean/Celebrity Cruises/Azamara Club Cruises

Michael FloodJuly 20, 2017

Copyright © 2016 Belgrave Group Limited, C4 Nutgrove Office Park, Nutgrove Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14, Ireland