The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has supported India’s move to abolish the international flying eligibility norms despite opposition from Air India and Jet Airways, the association’s members from the country.
The difference of opinion among various stakeholders notwithstanding, it is important to look at the big picture, IATA director general and chief executive Tony Tyler said on the sidelines of the association’s annual general meeting in Miami. “India has a lot of bilateral air services rights that have not been utilised. The government needs to take a holistic view and work towards increasing the utilisation of these rights by Indian carriers.
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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for April showing robust demand growth compared to April 2014. Domestic demand grew by 7.2%, outpacing international demand which grew by 5.2% compared to April 2014. Domestic travel demand rose 7.2% in April compared to April 2014, with the strongest growth occurring in India and China. Total domestic capacity also was up 6.4%, and load factor was 80.8%, up 0.6 percentage points. India’s domestic demand jumped 20.7% in April compared to a year ago likely owing to continued market stimulation by local carriers as well noteworthy improvements in economic growth. Domestic RPKs account for about 37% of the total market. It is most important for North American airlines as it is about 66% of their operations. In Latin America, domestic travel accounts for 47% of operations, primarily owing to the large Brazilian market. For Asia-Pacific carriers, the large markets in India, China and Japan mean that domestic travel accounts for 44% of the region’s operations.
The International Air Transport Industry (IATA) will conduct a seminar for travel agents in Mumbai on July 15, 2015. Revealing this is Zakir Ahmed, President, Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI), who along with TAAI will be part of this. “IATA is conducting a seminar in Mumbai and Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO, will be coming down along with two other IATA representatives. We have been pushing IATA to have a program in India as we need a lot of clarifications on various issues, including NDC. The IATA heads will come and address our members who are feeling like IATA has not been doing much for them. Among the topics that IATA will talk about include plans for now and future for the agents and a special session on NDC explaining what exactly it is and how it will work. This will be conduced by Yanik Hoyles, Director (NDC Program), at IATA,” he said. Jay Bhatia, Chairman (Tourism Council) and Co-Chairman (Airline Council), Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) added, “We will also take this opportunity to discuss the recent issue regarding the Lufthansa Group airlines charging a surcharge of €16 for every ticket issued by a booking channel using GDS from September 1, 2015.”
The growing number of people from the developing world taking to air travel has injected resilience in the airline industry through a continued growth of global air traffic despite the sector being regularly subjected to unanticipated shocks from external factors, IATA has said.
The shocks experienced so far by the industry have ranged from the 9/11 terror strikes and shooting down of MH-17, to the past oil crises, volcanic eruptions and diseases like SARS.
Noting that the future growth of global air passenger traffic “will undoubtedly be subject to unanticipated shocks”, the study by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) says “in the past, global air passenger traffic has always seemed to bounce back strongly from short-term upheavals”.
The study has been released ahead of the IATA’s 71st annual general meeting and World Air Transport Summit here. It was 70 years ago that 57 airlines from 31 countries had joined to create IATA at a meeting in Havana, Cuba, just a few hundred miles across the ocean from Miami.
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NEW DELHI: Terming as “unfortunate” and “disappointing” the AAI decision to oppose proposed reduction in charges at Delhi airport by 78 per cent, International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said the move would prove detrimental to both passengers and airlines.
On the contrary, lower airport fee would stimulate the traffic growth at the Delhi Airport as it would bring down airfares to an affordable limits, it said.
“It is unfortunate and disappointing that AAI has taken a very short-term view on the Delhi Airport charges by contesting against the proposal of the independent regulator to reduce these inflated charges,” IATA Regional Vice President for Asia Pacific Conrad Clifford told PTI.
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NEW DELHI: Domestic air travel demand surged in India by 14.8 per cent in February, the highest worldwide, partly on the back of airlines keeping ticket prices lower to stimulate market in lean travel season, global airlines body IATA said in its monthly traffic report today.
According to IATA, the overall global demand rose 6.2 per cent in February 2015 over the same month last year with international demand up by 6.8 per cent while domestic demand seeing a growth of 5.3 per cent in the reporting month.
“The strongest growth occured in India and Brazil, followed by China, which benefitted from Lunar New Year-related travel,” IATA said in a release.
“Demand in India began to improve in the latter part of 2014, partly owing to market stimulation, and that has continued in 2015,” it said.
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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced the launch of an advanced aviation training programme in partnership with the École nationale de l’aviation civile (ÉNAC) in Toulouse, France. This is the first time that IATA has partnered with a university to offer an airline operations degree.
Through the IATA Training and Development Institute (ITDI), experts from across several key areas of the business will be teaching courses such as Aviation Fuel Management, Airline Business Foundations, Safety Management Systems for Airlines, Crisis Management, and much more. ÉNAC will bring every aspect of their history in the field of aviation education to the partnership.
Tony Tyler, Director General and CEO, IATA, said, “Creating innovative partnerships for the mutual benefit of our stakeholders is very important to IATA. By joining our expertise with that of ÉNAC we will help to build the pool of qualified and competent aviation professionals needed to operate, manage and grow the international air transport system to meet future demand.”