Standards Must Be Cornerstone For Euro-Russia Aviation
By Shane Nolan
October 17, 2011 - The International Air Transport
Association (IATA) urged Russian and European officials
meeting at the Euro-Russia Aviation Summit in St.
Petersburg to make global standards the cornerstone of
their discussions on the development of aviation in
these two important markets.
“Re-emphasizing Russian and European leadership in the
development of aviation based on global standards would
be the most important conclusion of this summit. The
Russia-Europe relationship is strategically important
for global aviation” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director
General and CEO while addressing the opening plenary of
“Combined, Europe and Russia account for about 37% of world traffic capacity and control a critical portion of airspace. These two markets have a great impact on global aviation operationally, commercially and from a policy perspective,”
transport was built on global standards. “Governments and
industry have worked closely together with the common purpose of
linking the world safely, securely, efficiently and with the
highest level of environmental responsibility. Industry is here
today as a committed partner to working with Europe and Russia
in the further development of sustainable global air links,”
“Working with carriers operating Western-built jets and
more modern Russian equipment, the IATA Operational Safety Audit
(IOSA) has made a big difference in Russia’s safety performance.
Of course, IOSA carries no guarantees. But none of the 14
Russian IOSA carriers has had a fatal accident since
registration. I believe that this is more than a coincidence. We
are eager to work with the government to further integrate this
standard into Russian aviation, along with our safety audit for
ground operations—ISAGO,” said Tyler.
noted that infrastructure in Russia needs major upgrades to
support both safe and efficient operations. “As users of the
system, we stand ready to provide our expertise to ensure that
these investments deliver the best value for the investments
that are required,” said Tyler.
Security: “IATA is championing a Checkpoint of the Future concept that will make airport screening processes both more effective and more convenient. This will work best as part of a global system. I am encouraged by the support from the US and the EU. I hope that Russia will soon join the growing list of countries endorsing this concept,” said Tyler.
urged Euro-Russian cooperation to support aviation’s ambitious
environmental commitments. “Our interest is in reducing emissions to
ensure aviation’s long-term license to grow. The best results will come
if governments cooperate globally to facilitate our success with
coordinated measures under the leadership of the International Civil
Aviation Organization. I hope that this summit will be an opportunity to
identify solutions to the growing rift between Europe and the rest of
the world as a result of Europe’s unilateral approach to including
international aviation in its emissions trading scheme from next year,”
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