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IATA makes a statement about Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA), representing the international airlines, has made the following statement of the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines:

Statement of IATA’s Director General and CEO Tony Tyler:

“The tragedy of MH 17 is an outrage. Over the weekend it was confirmed that the passengers and crew aboard the aircraft were the victims of a hideous crime. It was also an attack against the air transport system which is an instrument of peace.

Among the immediate priorities, the bodies of the victims must be returned to their grieving loved ones in a respectful manner. For over four days we witnessed appalling sights from the crash scene. Governments must set aside their differences and treat the victims and their families with the dignity they deserve – and this includes urgently securing the site.

The investigation must also start quickly and with total freedom and access. Actions over the weekend which slowed down progress on both of these priorities were an outrage to human decency.

We have heard news of potential progress on both these issues. But promises now need to be turned into reality with actions.

Airlines and governments are partners in supporting global connectivity. Airlines carry the passengers and cargo. Governments and air navigation service providers inform airlines about the routes that they can fly and with what restrictions. Airlines comply with that guidance.

That was the case with MH 17. Malaysia Airlines was a clearly identified commercial jet. And it was shot down—in complete violation of international laws, standards and conventions—while broadcasting its identity and presence on an open and busy air corridor at an altitude that was deemed to be safe.

No effort should be spared in ensuing that this outrage is not repeated. Of course, nobody should be shooting missiles at civilian aircraft—governments or separatists. Governments will need to take the lead in reviewing how airspace risk assessments are made. And the industry will do all that it can to support governments, through ICAO, in the difficult work that lies ahead.

This was a terrible crime. But flying remains safe. And everyone involved in global air transport is fully dedicated to making it even safer.”

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IATA to fight the EU’s proposed tax on carbon emissions

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) (Montreal) is fighting the European Union’s (EU) plan to require all airlines flying to Europe to be included in an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) from January 1, 2012.

Emissions trading is a market-based approach used to control pollution by providing economic incentives for achieving reductions in the emissions of pollutants. It is a form of carbon pricing.

According to the theory, a central authority (usually a governmental body) sets a limit or cap on the amount of a pollutant that can be emitted. The limit or cap is allocated or sold to firms in the form of emissions permits which represent the right to emit or discharge a specific volume of the specified pollutant. Firms are required to hold a number of permits (or carbon credits) equivalent to their emissions. The total number of permits cannot exceed the cap, limiting total emissions to that level. Firms that need to increase their emission permits must buy permits from those who require fewer permits. The transfer of permits is referred to as a trade. In effect, the buyer is paying a charge for polluting, while the seller is being rewarded for having reduced emissions. Thus, in theory, those who can reduce emissions most cheaply will do so, achieving the pollution reduction at the lowest cost to society.

IATA is complaining that this proposed additional cost, coupled with high fuel costs and political unrest in the Arab world is all coming together at a time when some airlines will not be able to survive in 2012.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an international industry trade group of airlines headquartered in Montreal, Canada, where the International Civil Aviation Organization is also headquartered. The executive offices are at the Geneva Airport in Switzerland

IATA’s mission is to represent, lead, and serve the airline industry. IATA represents some 230 airlines comprising 93% of scheduled international air traffic. The Director General and Chief Executive Officer is Giovanni Bisignani. Currently, IATA is present in over 150 countries covered through 101 offices around the globe.

U.S. airlines are challenging the move in EU courts.

Read the full story from Reuters: CLICK HERE

IATA criticizes European governments on the airspace closures

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten. Not much is moving on the terminal ramp at Frankfurt on April 16.

IATA has strongly criticized the way European governments have handled the airspace closures due to the airborne Icelandic volcanic ash in this BBC report.

Read the full report:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8629127.stm

Meanwhile some governments will begin opening their airspace today in a limited fashion (Finland is one). The ash plume has now also drifted west to Newfoundland (see the map in the BBC report) causing some concerns in eastern Canada.

Flights to and from Newfoundland have now been cancelled as a precaution. Read the full report:

http://www.montrealgazette.com/clouds+cancel+Newfoundland+flights/

2922782/story.html

In addition, officials in Iceland are concerned that a larger connected volcano (Katla) could also become active which it has done three times in the past.

The financial state of several European airlines are now a concern for IATA and other agencies representing the airlines.