- Title: Global airlines warn protectionism will jeopardise industry
- Date: 6th June 2017
- Summary: CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO (JUNE 6, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** GENERAL VIEW OF BEACH WITH TOURISTS AND HOTELS IN BACKGROUND VARIOUS OF TOURISTS IN SEA AND ON BEACH VIEW OF GENERAL MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION (IATA) IN MEXICO ATTENDEE AT GENERAL MEETING IATA DIRECTOR GENERAL, ALEXANDRE DE JUNIAC, ON PODIUM (SOUNDBITE) (English) IATA DIRECTOR GENERAL, ALEXANDRE DE JUNIAC, SAYING: "We explored issues of globalisation, human trafficking, innovation, customs facilitation and much more. But the most important thing that we have done is to remind governments that our industry is vital and we depend for our very existence, the economic and social benefits that we bring. We depend on borders that are open to people and to trade." PANEL CLOSING MEETING ATTENDEES TAKING NOTES GENERAL VIEW OF NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) IATA DIRECTOR GENERAL, ALEXANDRE DE JUNIAC, SAYING: "We sent letters to the U.S. and the U.K. authorities and not only to prevent the extension of the ban but to remove the ban. I have to recognise that up to now it had not been done, but you have also to recognise that the extension has not happened yet. So we're working hard to propose alternative solutions." MICHAEL GILL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE AIR TRANSPORT ACTION GROUP (ATAG), DURING NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MICHAEL GILL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE AIR TRANSPORT ACTION GROUP (ATAG), SAYING: "These are two separate international agreements, there's no automatic impact of the announcement with regard to the Paris agreement, on the ongoing work in CORSIA. The U.S. played a significant role in the negotiation of CORSIA, they have played and continue to play a significant role in the development of the technical standards and we hope and anticipate that that will continue to be the case." BANNER OF THE GENERAL MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION IN MEXICO ENTRANCE TO HOTEL VENUE
- Embargoed: 20th June 2017 23:49
- Keywords: International Air Transport Association IATA CORSIA globalisation Cancun emissions Donald Trump Alexandre de Juniac Mexico Paris Agreement United States
- Location: CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO
- City: CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Environment,Climate Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016K557WJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Global airlines have warned against measures that restrict open skies at the wrap-up of an aviation industry event in Cancun on Tuesday (June 06), where security and a possible laptop extension ban were high on the agenda.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has made a full-throated defence of globalisation at their largest annual gathering. The body has vowed not to give up on climate change agreements and cautioned against excessive restrictions placed on passengers amidst security fears.
In March, the U.S. government imposed restrictions on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins on flights from ten airports, including the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Turkey. The U.K. has followed suit by banning laptops from cabin baggage on flights from some countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
IATA General Director Alexandre de Juniac said he has written to the U.K. and U.S. to prevent any further extensions to the laptop ban.
At the meeting, a United Nations representative urged airline leaders to stand by an industry emissions accord known as CORSIA even as U.S. President Donald Trump breaks with a climate pact struck in Paris last year.
The IATA has reported airlines would hold fast to their commitments.
Despite security headquarters, the IATA is forecasting robust earnings for the industry, to $31.4 billion dollars up from a previous forecast of $29.8 billion dollars.
The IATA also raised its outlook for 2017 industry revenue to $743 billion dollars from $736 billion dollars on expectations the global economy will post its strongest growth in six years.
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