IATA has proposed an agenda to strengthen aviation
in Russia based on the further implementation of global standards
and best practices.
“A healthy aviation sector is vital for
Russia - connecting the communities across the country’s vast land
mass and proving vital trade and cultural links globally. These
are difficult times for Russian aviation and there is no silver
bullet solution to invigorating the sector. However a partnership
agenda that extends the positive impact that global standards are
having in safety and distribution will strengthen the foundations
of the sector for success,” said Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director
General and CEO.
Tyler made his comments at the first IATA
Aviation Day Russia where IATA signed a cooperation agreement with
the Russian Association of Air Transport Operators.
helps to mark the 20th anniversary of the opening of IATA’s office
in Moscow and deepens IATA’s overall partnership with Russian
Aeroflot was IATA’s first Russian member airline,
joining the association in 1989. Today 11 Russian airlines are
IATA members. The important contribution of IATA’s global
standards to Russian aviation were recognized in a Memorandum of
Understanding signed between the Russian Ministry of Transport and
IATA in 2009.
“IATA is a long-time partner of Russian
aviation and this has created significant value. The IATA
Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) aligns some 400 airlines—including
our 11 Russian members and five other Russian airlines—with the
global benchmark for operational safety. And the Billing and
Settlement Plan has helped to link the country’s consumers to the
world with global best practices for ticket distribution. Today we
are deepening our partnership with Russia with a commitment to
cooperate even more broadly with the Russian Association of Air
Transport Operators. By working in partnership with all
stakeholders—including the government—I am confident that we can
create even more value with connectivity as a catalyst for
economic and social development,” said Tyler.
proposed the following agenda for the Russian government:
- Continue to recognize the benefits of lowering and
eventually removing VAT for domestic air transport.
that airport charges and infrastructure developments are agreed by
airlines and the airport operators with a focus on cost-efficiency
and aligned with the global principles agreed by governments
through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
These include transparency, meaningful consultation and
- Adopt the
Montreal Convention 1999 (MC99) to provide global standard risk
coverage for passengers and shippers and to facilitate e-cargo
- Ratify the Montreal Protocol 2014 of the
Tokyo Convention to close a gap in international law with respect
to the growing problem of disruptive passengers.
the adoption of the global standard for special and atmospheric
referencing—QNH and WGS 84—to deliver even greater safety and cost
benefits as Russia modernizes its air traffic management system.
- Join the Smart Security initiative of IATA and Airports Council
International to improve airport security and reduce passenger hassle by combining new technology with regulatory best practices.
- Support a global agreement through ICAO
on a Market-Based Measure to manage aviation’s carbon footprint.
The air transport industry is united in its call for a mandatory
global carbon offset scheme.
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