The International Air Transport Association has called for aviation security to be further strengthened by addressing four key areas. These include closer government-to-government cooperation to eliminate the long-term challenges of extraterritorial measures, following the introduction of a laptop ban on certain routes earlier this year.
Qatar Airways chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, has been elected chairman of the board of governors of global aviation industry body International Air Transport Association. He will take up the role in June next year.
The International Air Transport Association has announced global passenger traffic data for June showing that demand rose by 7.8 per cent compared to last year. This was in line with the 7.7 per cent growth recorded in May, with all regions reporting growth.
The International Air Transport Association has revised its 2017 industry profitability outlook upwards. Airlines are expected to report a $31.4 billion profit (up from the previously forecast $29.8 billion) on revenues of $743 billion (up from the previously forecast $736 billion).
Despite sluggish global economic growth, low oil prices, ‘Trumponomics’ and Brexit, the UAE will lead Middle East passenger growth in 2017 with an annual increase of more than 6.3 per cent, according to estimates from the International Air Transport Association.
The International Air Transport Association has called on governments to urgently find alternatives to recently announced measures by the United States and the United Kingdom to restrict the carry-on of large electronic items on certain flights departing the Middle East and North Africa.