IATA summit kicks off in Cape Town

2013-06-03 10:37

Cape Town - The International Air Transport Association's (IATA) 69th Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport summit kicked off in Cape Town on Monday, attracting more than 700 aviation leaders from across the globe.

Breaking Travel News reports that Cape Town will be the global capital of commercial aviation as the industry discusses its most important issues, including safety, environment, distribution and financial sustainability among others.

Tony Tyler, IATA's Director General and CEO revealed: "African aviation is at an inflection point. Although it is small by global standards, the potential is enormous with a billion people spread across 20% of earth's land mass.

"The African Union celebrated its first 50 years over the weekend. African unity and integration depends on connectivity. The AGM will be an important opportunity to reflect on the critical role that aviation plays on the African continent," adds Tyler.

This is the first time the AGM is being held in South Africa and only the third time in IATA's 69-year history that the AGM is taking place in Africa (Cairo, Egypt in 1946; and Nairobi, Kenya in 1991). South

African Airways, a longstanding IATA member, is hosting the event.

The AGM opened with keynote speeches from South Africa's Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and the Minister for Public Enterprises Malusi Gigaba.

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