Airports Council International (ACI) World and other international aviation organisations have released a new report this year that highlights the economic benefits of air transport.
Titled Aviation Benefits, the joint report explains how well-supported air transport capabilities in different regions contribute significantly to the increase in consumer benefits and choices, generation of job opportunities, and several additional socio-economic spin-offs.
In order to optimise benefits associated with the sector, governments need to upgrade their infrastructure, according to the report.
ACI World director general Angela Gittens said: “The Aviation Benefits report is a joint initiative that highlights the industry’s commitment to the sustainable development of aviation as tool for growth and development.
“Aviation and airports in particular play a vital role in the economic and social well-being of communities and local economies, providing jobs, contributing to gross domestic products (GDPs) and providing health and humanitarian aid, educational opportunities and improving overall quality of life, etc.
“International agencies and organisations, development banks and governments can help secure and flourish such benefits by addressing our industry’s most pressing challenges including funding, financing and investment; airport development and expansion integrated transport planning; and, optimising air traffic management.”
Aimed primarily at government leaders and national planners, the new report comprises a summarised checklist on the measures that need to be taken by governments to optimise air transport benefits.
It also provides helpful overviews of the related investment, partnership and planning priorities, as well as comprehensive regional summaries of the industry’s far-reaching socio-economic impacts.
In addition, Aviation Benefits offers a comprehensive overview of how international aviation connectivity directly helps the ongoing efforts of the governments in order to attain 15 of the 17 United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals adopted under the visionary UN Agenda 2030.