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 further growth in the number of airlines participating in pilots and live deployments to test and evaluate the New Distribution Capability (NDC) schemes.
Avianca will engage in an NDC pilot this year and China Southern Airlines plans to complete a live deployment of the NDC standard covering shopping, booking, and ticketing in the second half of 2015. Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes plans to embark on an NDC pilot with its passenger services system provider, Navitaire. The project is anticipated to begin this month. Hong Kong Airlines will launch a NDC pilot in the second half of the year and InselAir will complete a live NDC deployment in the same timeframe, selling their flights and ancillaries to corporate users and travel agents.
Lufthansa will realise an NDC pilot by the end of the year. This pilot will focus on the dynamic bundling of products. Qantas is launching an NDC pilot to distribute their Chauffeur Drive product in a third party channel environment in cooperation with an Australia-based industry partner. Swiss International Air Lines plan to launch a live deployment of the NDC standard covering shopping and Ukraine International Airways plans to launch the implementation of NDC shopping this year.
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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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