- 2017 Congress set for Cancun
- 1,000 delegates attend IATA Congress in Dublin
- 31 CEO’s at Board of Governors Dinner
The International Air Transport Association announced their 2017 congress will be hosted by Cancun after three days basking in the uncustomary sunlight in Dublin. The board of governors dinner in Dublin Castle state aprtments on Tuesday evening hosted 31 leading CEOs for the most high powered gathering of aviation leaders in the history of the industry.
There is no collective noun for Airline CEOs but a plumage of them arrived in Dublin this week for the IATA AGM and conference, led by Ed Bastian of Delta, Carstin Spohr of Lufthansa, Doug Parker of American, Alexandre de Juniac of Air France/KLM (soon to become Director General of IATA), Osamu Shinobe of ANA, Calin Rovinescu of Air Canada, Ahmet Bolat of Turkish and 80 others, with local aviation celebrities Willie Walsh of IAG. Alan Joyce of Qantas and Christophe Mueller of Air Malaysia joining Stephen Kavanagh of Aer Lingus in informal roles as co-hosts. Just under 1,000 delegates attended, the third largest in IATA history, including 220 media. There is no limit on airline delegations, which was the largest sector, and manufacturers and suppliers made up another 300. Guinness Storehouse, built by Arthur Guinness himself in the words of CNN’s Richard Quest who chaired a panel discussion, was the venue for the Thursday night gala. Picture shows a suntanned Christophe Mueller of Air Malaysia and former CEO of Aer LIngus with Stephen Kavanagh CEO of Aer Lingus at the IATA gala dinner in the RDS. Christophe’s verdict on Malaysia: It was a difficult time but I enjoyed every minute of it. Picture below shows CEO of Aer Lingus Stephen Kavanagh being interviewed by Richard Quest of CNN at the gala in the Guinness Storehouse. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.
Outgoing director general of IATA Tony Tyler said airline profit will fall 7pc in 2016 reflecting a fall in average ticket prices. Incoming director general Bernard de Juniac promised to
A much mentioned non-member, (including by transport minister Shane Ross in one of his first public engagements in opening the congress) rather unkindly described the gathering as a bull-shitters ball. No prizes for guessing who.
Shane Ross (pictured above) and Eamonn Brennan CEO of the IAA both used the opportunity to address the delay in the granting of a license to NAI for their planned routes to Boston from Cork and Shannon. Eamonn Brennan (watch here) said untruths were being told about the issue. Shane Ross said that he looked forward to the US authorities confirming the tentative decision to grant a license to the Irish airline. such competition was exactly what the open skies agreement was designed to achieve. Watch here Shane Ross speaking about NAI and Watch here Shane Ross’s full speech at the opening session of the IATA Congress.
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