IATA Outlines Aviation Strategy for Canada

24 January 2011 (Last Updated January 24th, 2011 18:30)

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged the Canadian Government to improve its global competitiveness in air transport travel and tourism. During a speech to the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations IATA director general and CEO Giovanni Bisignani said that Canada ne

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged the Canadian Government to improve its global competitiveness in air transport travel and tourism.

During a speech to the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations IATA director general and CEO Giovanni Bisignani said that Canada needs a comprehensive strategy to keep it competitive in the world market.

Excessive taxation and the nation's unique system of Crown rents amounting to C$257m ($258.5m) is noted as one of the causes of weak cost competitiveness.

The Canadian and global governments must improve competitiveness to allow airlines to compete profitably, while improving security through collaboration with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Bisignani outlined a long-term vision where passengers can identify themselves with their fingerprint, biometric passport and bar-coded boarding pass on a mobile device, thereby reducing queues.

He urged the Canadian Government to formally oppose Europe's plans to bring international aviation into its emissions trading scheme and support a global approach through ICAO.

IATA will host the Vision 2050 in Singapore on 11-12 February 2011 where the foundation for air transport to have the technology and infrastructure to meet the needs of 16 billion passengers sustainably and profitably in 2050 will be discussed.

The aviation industry is committed to improving fuel efficiency by 1.5% annually to 2020, while capping net emissions with carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and cutting net emissions in half by 2050.