The head of the International Air Transport Association called for a unified agenda between airlines and airports to address the challenges of growth and sustainability.
“Airports are airlines’ closest partners. Neither of us could exist without the other,” Tony Tyler, IATA director general and CEO, said at the Airports Council International Europe/World Annual Congress and Exhibition in Istanbul.
Tyler said major investments in infrastructure are needed to meet the global demand for air connectivity, which is growing at about 5 percent annually.
“Neither partner can afford poorly-thought-out and overly expensive infrastructure development,” Tyler said. “To avoid this, we must work together in a collaborative process based upon the basic principles laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organization, which include consultation with airport users, transparency, non-discrimination, cost-based charges and strict safeguards on pre-financing of future infrastructure.”