The International Air Transport Association called Tuesday for government and industry to join together on projects that would improve safety, security and cargo processes in Indian aviation.
“The interests of government and industry are aligned,” Tony Tyler, IATA’s director general and CEO, said in his address at the inaugural India Aviation Day. “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.”
The first area that needs improvement is safety. The IATA Operational Safety Audit is a global standard that is enhancing safety. In 2012, the all accidents safety performance of airlines on the IOSA registry was 77 percent better than for those not on the registry.
Tyler said India should take advantage of the IOSA registry.
He also urged India to participate in Secure Freight and the Checkpoint of the Future and review its ground handling policy.
“Airlines are subject to discrimination between how security functions are handled by domestic airlines versus international carriers,” Tyler said. “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.”
Tyler also told India to modernize cargo processes. The industry has set a target of 100 percent conversion to the e-AWB for cargo by 2015 as a step toward E-freight implementation.