CANCUN – According to Notimex, the 73rd Annual General Assembly (AGM) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Summit are being held this week in Mexico for the third time, 23 years after Mexico was chosen as the meeting site in 1994.
“(Mexican) aviation aids in the expansion of its robust, attractive and growing tourist economy, with 63 million jobs and $2.7 trillion dollars in economic activity depending on aviation. There is no question of the great benefits of aviation,” said the IATA CEO, Alexandre de Juniac.
During his keynote speech, he said that industry representatives will discuss the best solutions to continue to boost and promote its catalytic role in global prosperity.
In the first item on the agenda, he mentioned that by a majority vote, Andrés Conesa, the director of Aeromexico, was appointed as president of the 73rd Annual General Assembly.
“As host of the AGM, Aeromexico is pleased to welcome airline representatives to one of the most attractive destinations in the world. This year, Mexico has reached a historic record in tourism, and it is thanks to the vital role of air connectivity,” he said.
He said that after 23 years, the country’s aviation has undergone great changes, with a growing economy and with the world’s number seven position in tourism, Cancun being a key destination for growth in the sector, in addition to the Mexican airlines registering good finances.
The President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, said that they will continue to collaborate with IATA on different issues such as environmental care and safety.
The meeting will address topics such as the ban on laptops on board, the fight against human trafficking, the implementation of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) and the modernization of air freight transport processes.
Also on agenda are the future of globalization, disruptive innovation, trade facilitation, air safety and the environment.
Mexico hosts the Annual General Assembly for the third time. The two previous editions were held in Mexico City, the first one in 1966 and the second in 1994.
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