IATA to improve efficiency of cargo handling audits

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a new program to raise global standards in cargo handling operations. The Smart Facility Operational Capacity (SFOC) program aims to reduce audit complexity and duplication for cargo handling facilities. This new IATA initiative has two components: • Standardized Global Audit Program: IATA has introduced the Smart Facility Operational Capacity Audit Certification (SFOC Audit Certification) to provide airlines with the assurance that SFOC Certified facilities are adhering to IATA’s Resolutions and Recommended Practices in cargo handling and with IATA’s Cargo Handling Manual (ICHM).…

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Industry steps up efforts against rogue lithium battery shipments

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), in partnership with the Global Shippers Forum (GSF), the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), are amplifying their efforts to ensure the safe air transport of lithium batteries. The organizations are also renewing calls for governments to crack down on manufacturers of counterfeit batteries and of mis-labeled and non-compliant shipments introduced into the supply chain, by issuing and enforcing criminal sanctions on those responsible. Consumer demand for lithium batteries is growing by 17 percent annually. With…

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Gender balance in civil aviation gains momentum as 59 airlines join campaign

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that 59 airlines have committed to the 25by2025 campaign which seeks to address gender balance in civil aviation. The 25by2025 campaign was launched on 26 September 2019 with participating airlines making a voluntary commitment to: Increase the number of women in senior positions (to be defined by the member airlines) by either 25 percent against currently reported metrics or to a minimum representation of 25 percent by 2025 Increase the number of women in under-represented jobs (e.g., pilots and operations) by either…

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Global airline industry to produce net profit of $29.3 billion in 2020 – IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecast that the global airline industry will produce a net profit of $29.3 billion in 2020, improved over a net profit of $25.9 billion expected in 2019 (revised downward from a $28 billion forecast in June). If achieved, 2020 will mark the industry’s 11th consecutive year in the black. Highlights of expected 2020 performance include: The return on invested capital is forecast to be 6.0% (improved from 5.7percent expected in 2019). The net profit margin is forecast at 3.4 percent (up from 3.1 percent…

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Air freight demand decreases by 3.55% in October, as African carriers post growth of 12.6%

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 3.5percent in October 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks a weak start to the traditional peak season for air cargo and the twelfth consecutive month of year-on-year declines in freight volumes. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 2.2 percent year-on-year in October 2019. Capacity growth has now outstripped demand growth for the 18th consecutive month. Over…

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IATA boosts efforts to tackle unruly passengers as MP14 set to come into force

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is set to tackle unruly passengers as the body looks forward to the entry into force of Montreal Protocol 2014 (MP14) on 1 January 2020. MP14 enhances the capacity of states to curb the escalation in the severity and frequency of unruly behavior on board aircraft. This follows the 26 November 2019 ratification of MP14 by Nigeria, the 22nd state to do so. MP14, properly named the Protocol to Amend the Convention on Offences and Certain Other Acts Committed on Board Aircraft, is a…

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IATA calls on government’s, industry to focus on four Priorities for African Aviation

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on governments and industry in Africa to focus on four priorities to allow aviation to drive economic and social development on the continent, enrich people’s lives and enable the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG’s). The four priorities are:   Safety Cost-competitiveness Opening the continent to travel and trade, and Gender diversity  “Across the African continent, the promise and potential of aviation is rich. Already it supports USD 55.8 billion in economic activity and 6.2 million jobs. And, as demand more…

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Global air freight demand decreases 4.5% in Sept. as Africa posts fastest growth of any region

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 4.5 percent in September 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the eleventh consecutive month of year-on-year decline in freight volumes, the longest period since the global financial crisis in 2008. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 2.1 percent year-on-year in September 2019. Capacity growth has now outstripped demand growth for the 17th consecutive month. Air cargo continues…

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US-China trade war weighs heavily on air cargo

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), contracted by 3.9percent in August 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the tenth consecutive month of year-on-year decline in freight volumes, the longest period since the global financial crisis in 2008.  Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 2 percent year-on-year in August 2019. Capacity growth has now outstripped demand growth for the 16th consecutive month. Air cargo continues…

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Supporting carbon neutral growth tops agenda at ICAO Assembly

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has expressed high expectations for the outcomes of the 40th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), beginning today in Montreal.  Encouraging ICAO member states to continue to support the industry’s efforts to address its climate change impacts will be at the top of the agenda.  The industry’s agenda also includes:  The safe integration of drones into airspace management  Establishing a globally consistent approach to passengers with disabilities,  Implementing an international legal framework to manage the issue of unruly passengers  Implementing modern and…

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