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(LEAD) IATA annual meeting in Seoul closes with 5-point resolutions

All News 15:06 June 03, 2019

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By Joo Kyung-don

SEOUL, June 3 (Yonhap) -- The International Air Transport Association (IATA) concluded its three-day annual meeting in Seoul on Monday with calls to make the industry sustainable amid a slew of challenges lying ahead.

The 75th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM), hosted by South Korea's flag carrier Korean Air Lines Co., was attended by more than 1,000 guests from 290 airlines in 120 countries. This was the first time that IATA's annual general meeting (AGM) came to South Korea.

Chaired by Korean Air Chairman Cho Won-tae, the 75th IATA AGM touched on various topics in the aviation industry from economic outlook to safety.

"It was a great honor for us to host this global event," Cho said. "I think this event has upgraded the global status of South Korea in the aviation industry."

Korean Air Lines Co. Chairman Cho Won-tae appears at a press conference after the 75th International Air Transport Association Annual General Meeting in Seoul on June 3, 2019. (Yonhap)

IATA endorsed five resolutions at this year's AGM. It called on governments to implement the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), and asked them to come up with better measures for airport slot allocation and management.

IATA also resolved to support the global deployment of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for baggage tracking and the "One ID" initiative, a paperless passenger process system utilizing biometric recognition. It also vowed to support passengers with disabilities to have "safe, reliable and dignified" travel.

"The biggest achievement at this year's AGM is that we saw strong support for resolutions that we have put forward, particularly in the environment and passenger experience," said Alexandre de Juniac, director general and CEO of IATA, at a closing press briefing. "All these resolutions are in favor of developing our industry. We're developing industry in a sustainable way."

IATA urged governments to help the industry's efforts to reduce emissions, while expressing concerns on a escalating trade dispute between the United States and China.

"Any restriction to trade, people is bad news for the industry," de Juniac said.

At the 75th AGM, IATA elected Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr as new Chairman of the Board of Governors (BoG), the policy review and decision-making body of the IATA. Korean Air chief Cho was one of the newly elected members of the IATA BoG.

The 76th IATA AGM will be in Amsterdam on June 22-23, 2020, with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines serving as the host.

A panel discussion is held at the 75th International Air Transport Association Annual General Meeting in Seoul on June 2, 2019. (Yonhap)


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