ICAO Secretary General highlights future capacity challenges for European and North Atlantic air transport


ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu discussed a range of pressing air transport priorities earlier this week with the assembled Directors General of Civil Aviation for the 56 ICAO European and North Atlantic (EUR/NAT) Member States.

Convening for the 2019 EUR/NAT DGCA Meeting in ICAO’s Paris Regional Office, Dr. Liu welcomed the newly appointed ICAO EUR/NAT Regional Director, Ms. Silvia Gehrer, to her new duties, and provided some important opening perspectives on both global and European air traffic trends. Noting that current global forecasts indicate a doubling of both air passenger and freight traffic volumes by 2035, Dr. Liu strongly underscored that “steadily increasing flight totals will generate significant risks, and air transport growth must be effectively managed to mitigate those risks.”

“This reminds us of the important role of having national development plans and strategies which meaningfully incorporate aviation development priorities, whether for physical infrastructure, system modernization, or human resources development,” Dr. Liu commented.

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Source: Travel News Daily