Cancun, Mexico: A 3-day long International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) 74th Annual General Meeting (AGM) sponsored by Qantas Airlines begins in Sydney
One of the most prestigious events on the aviation calendar, the AGM – and the associated World Air Transport Summit – has attracted more than 1,000 delegates will focus on key issues concerning the global aviation industry.
This will be the third IATA AGM to be held in Sydney, after the 2000 and 1961 meetings.
Besides IATA director general & CEO Alexandre de Juniac’s report on the air transport industry, an updated economic outlook on the industry will be presented by IATA’s senior economists.
The first day will be devoted to the World Air Transport Summit and the second day to IATA’s 74th AGM, a gathering of the world’s most influential aviation leaders.
IATA's chief economist Brian Pearce will provide insights into some of the macro-economic factors shaping aviation's operating environment, some of the policy responses to those factors and what this will mean for airlines over the coming 12 months.
Fighting human trafficking, aviation security and harnessing the power of data are among the other topics that will be discussed at the key global event that will attract the top leadership of the global air transport industry including Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar al-Baker.
At the World Air Transport Summit, a session on the future of bio-fuels will be discussed. The session will discuss how sustainable alternative fuels are being used in aviation, the enormous contribution they could make to our industry's carbon footprint, the barriers to further production and use.
Another session will look at the significant social and economic benefits that travel and tourism generates to countries, economies, business and individuals.
Airport privatisation and driving gender equality in aviation are the other topics that will be taken up at the World Air Transport Summit.