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Asia Pacific Priorities -
Infrastructure, Regulations, Sustainability

  Alexandre de Juniac, Director General and CEO, IATA’s

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for urgent action to address the challenges of infrastructure, regulatory harmonization and sustainability.

“The 34 million jobs and $700 billion of economic activity supported by aviation across the Asia-Pacific region are expected to more than double in the next 20 years. But the realization of these economic benefits is at risk if the region does not address the big long-term challenges of sustainability, infrastructure and regulatory harmonization,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO in an address to delegates attending the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) Assembly of Presidents in Chinese Taipei.

The Bigger Get Bigger While Smaller
Airports Suffer Greater Loss

Airports Council International (ACI) has released the latest edition of the World Airport Traffic Report. ACI’s flagship publication, representing over 2,400 airports in 175 countries worldwide, reveals that the world’s mega-hubs achieved passenger traffic growth of 5.5% year over year in 2016.

There were 46 airports with over 40 million passengers per annum in 2016 as compared to 18 airports in 2006. After years of consolidation and capacity discipline on the part of many airlines, the mature markets such as Europe and North America experienced an important resurgence in air transport demand, particularly at many of its large hubs.

IATA-WCO Collaboration to Improve
Air Cargo Efficiency and Security


The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) announced that IATA’s Cargo-XML messaging standard has been fully integrated into WCO’s Cargo Targeting System (WCO CTS), a risk assessment tool available to WCO member countries worldwide.

The integration of Cargo-XML in the WCO CTS enables electronic communication between airlines and customs authorities using the IATA Cargo-XML standards format. This will make communication simpler and more effective, and facilitate more accurate risk assessments by customs authorities using the WCO CTS application to capture advance electronic cargo manifest information.

27th ACI Africa Conference in Mauritius

  Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World

Over 500 aviation professionals gathered for the Official Opening of the conference, where welcoming remarks were given by Johnny Dumazel, Chairman, AML & ATOL; Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World; Declan Collier, Chief Executive Officer, London City Airport and Chair, ACI World; and, Engineer Saleh Dumona, Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and President, ACI Africa.

“Welcome to our 27th annual gathering,” said Gittens. “We cannot help but reflect on the fact that over the years the pace of change has continued to accelerate. This year’s theme, “Bold leadership in a time of change,” recognizes that whatever causes the changes, airports must react to them. Airports play a crucial role in the economic and social health of communities, countries, regions and the world at large, and we must craft a strategy for their sustainable development to continue those benefits.”

Brussels Airport to Host the ACI


Brussels Airport is proud to welcome in 2018 the ACI EUROPE/World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition at the heart of the European capital,” said Feist. “Brussels is known around the globe as the Capital of Europe and for being home to the European institutions, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and so many international organizations, companies and non-governmental organizations. The event will be a unique opportunity for the aviation industry to share experiences, to develop networks and to expand business. It is also a great honour for our country to host this congress with its 1,000 plus participants who will experience the famous Belgian hospitality and our rich cultural and artistic diversity.


Robust Passenger Traffic Growth

Global passenger traffic increased 6.7% in August and 6.8% year to date. Global freight reached a 3-month peak during August, with a 10.5% global increase, bringing the year to date growth to 8.7%.

Passenger Traffic
Africa and Europe led passenger traffic growth for August at 9.6% and 8.9% respectively on a year over year basis.

Africa’s growth rate has accelerated since May, signaling that the region’s negative drag on traffic may be subsiding. Commodity prices have recovered since January 2017, translating into a positive outlook for the region. Although most African economies recorded passenger traffic growth during the month, northern and northeastern African countries posted particularly high figures. Of the region’s largest aviation markets, Egypt (+20.1%), Morocco (+14.2%) and Tunisia (+12.1%) recorded the highest growth rates. Nigeria, which emerged from recession in the second quarter of 2017, grew 8.2% in August—potentially marking a turning point for the country’s embattled passenger market.

ACI and IATA Launch
New Experience inTravel and Technologies


Airports Council International (ACI) World in collaboration with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have launched the New Experience in Travel and Technologies (NEXTT) initiative.

In light of the projected traffic growth, new on-ground concepts are, and will increasingly be required, to optimize the use of emerging technologies, processes and design developments. NEXTT aims to deliver this future by developing a common vision to enhance the transport experience, guide industry investments and help guide governments towards improving the regulatory framework.

“NEXTT will seek to provide a seamless journey by exploring increased off-site processing options; reducing or even eliminating queues; more efficiently using space and resources through enhanced deployments of artificial intelligence and robotics; and the vastly improved sharing of data between stakeholders,” said Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World. “The goal of NEXTT is finding potential ways to integrate systems and improve operations in the most secure, effective and sustainable manner for the benefit of passengers and the industry.”

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