Wednesday, March 27, 2013
IATA Proposes Improvements in Indian Aviation Industry
The International Air Transportation Association (IATA) is proposing a new national civil aviation policy for India, aimed at reducing operating costs, improving infrastructure and reforming a high taxation policy for the country’s aviation industry.
IATA Director General and CEO Tony Tyler spoke at the inaugural India Aviation Day on Tuesday, his third major speech about Indian aviation issues in less than a year. Tyler called India’s aviation industry a “great potential market of the future.”
“I propose a series of projects to enhance the safety, security and efficiency of Indian aviation. The interests of government and industry are aligned. Aviation and aviation-related tourism drives 1.5 percent of India’s GDP and supports jobs for 1.8 percent of the workforce. A stronger aviation sector will be a catalyst for even wider economic benefits,” said Tyler.
IATA’s recently released global market forecast projected Asian-Pacific region airlines would lead the international airline industry in 2013 with $4.2 billion net profit, and capturing about 40 percent of the global air cargo market. Tyler urged modernization of India’s air cargo policy, calling for a 100 percent conversion to the e-Air Waybill for cargo by 2015, eliminating the country’s current paper-based processes used to move air cargo.
The director general also called for security and safety improvements for Indian airlines. India is in the process of evolving its Directorate General of Civil Aviation into a standard civil aviation authority. Tyler said the new regulating authority should adopt IATA’s Operational Safety Audit, a global standard for improving safety with standards for safety oversight framework for airlines.
Regarding security, Tyler said India needs to streamline its security functions regulating domestic and international carriers.
“Airlines are subject to discrimination between how security functions are handled by domestic airlines versus international carriers. Airlines are denied the right to self-handle. And there is deep policy confusion due to different interpretations of the multiple government notifications and concessions awarded by airports. It is time to take a fresh look at the whole issue,” said Tyler. More