Keeping the skies open in troubled times: IATA comes to Dublin to talk aviation

  • Dublin hosts ITA AGM and conference for first time since 1962
  • President of Delta and Emirates among attendees
  • Safety and security and wildlife protection among key topics
Tony Tyler speaking at a IATA passenger symposium in Dublin

Tony Tyler speaking at a IATA passenger symposium in Dublin

Dublin hosts the AGM of the International Air Transport Association for just the second time and the World Air Transport Summit.

The AGM will open with keynote addresses by new transport and tourism minister Shane Ross and Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization.

A media briefing on  Irish Aviation prior to the conference opening on Wednesday will be given by Stephen Kavanagh CEO of Aer Lingus, Kevin Toland of Dublin Airport Authority, Eamonn Brennan CEO of the Irish Aviation Authority, Conor McCarthy of Dublin Aerospace and Aengus Kelly of AerCap

CNN’s Richard Quest will moderate a panel discussion on the industry’s top issues featuring Bernard Gustin, CEO of Brussels Airlines; Ed Bastian president of Delta Air Lines; Tim Clark President of Emirates, Jayne Hrdlicka, CEO of Jetstar and Charamporn Jotikasthir, President of Thai Airways.

Tallaght born Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas, is among participants in a series of panels that include global trends that could affect the future of aviation, geo-politics & the future of aviation, cyber security, climate change goals and a CEO insight debate. Specialist briefings include:

  • An airline safety update by Gilberto Lopez-Meyer IATA’s VP of safety and flight operations
  • An aviations economics briefing by Brian Pearce, IATA’s Chief Economist.
  • Reducing the Illegal trade in wildlife by IATA’s Assistant Director Jon Godson.
  • Aviation’s impact on the environment by IATA’s Paul Steele,
  • New Distribution Capability by IATA’s NDC Programme Director Yanik Hoyles,

This will be the second IATA AGM to be held in Dublin, the first being in 1962. The event is being hosted by Aer Lingus at the Royal Dublin Society. The 1,000 delegates include CEOs and senior management of IATA’s 264 member airlines that together carry some 83pc of global traffic as well as leaders and officials from governments, international organisations, aircraft manufacturers and industry partners.

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IATA says aviation generates $10.5bn in GDP in Ireland and supports 220,000 jobs in Ireland. According to IATA’s 20-year passenger forecast, Ireland’s average annual growth rate of 2.4pc is higher than that predicted for its most European countries.

Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO said: “Dublin is set to be the capital of the global air transport industry as leaders gather for the 72nd IATA AGM and World Air Transport Summit. The airline industry’s most senior leaders will discuss measures to ensure the economic and social benefits of safe, secure, efficient and sustainable global air transport. “

“For a nation of just 6.4m people, Ireland has always punched above its weight in the aviation world. Air connectivity is the backbone of a thriving tourist industry and serves as a cultural bridge for the 80 million people around the world who identify themselves with Irish heritage. Today Dublin’s growing hub is a vital transatlantic gateway to Europe,”

Ireland has a rich aviation history. The first ever transatlantic flight, in 1919, touched down in Ireland. And Foynes, Ireland was the principal departure point for flying boat services to North America.

“In line with its historical legacy, Ireland today is home to successful and innovative airlines, a growing hub and a thriving wider aviation and aerospace sector. Successive Irish governments have led the way with a regulatory and fiscal regime which is helping to foster economic growth through strong air connectivity.

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April figures show impact of Brussels attacks

In advance of the conference IATA said that the disruptive impact of the Brussels Airport attack weighed on the April aviation figures.

IATA estimates that, absent the impact of the attacks, demand growth would have been around 5pc.

announced global passenger traffic data for April showing that demand (measured in total revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose by 4.6%–the slowest pace since January 2015. April capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 4.9%, and load factor slipped 0.3 percentage points to 79.1%.

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April international passenger demand rose 4.8% compared to April 2015, the slowest pace in two years. Airlines in all regions recorded growth, led by the Middle East region. Total capacity climbed 5.6%, causing load factor to slip 0.6 percentage points to 77.8%.

Asia-Pacific airlines’ April traffic increased 6.4% compared to the year-ago period. Slower economic growth in many of the region’s economies has been at least partly offset by an increase in direct airport connections that has helped to stimulate demand. Capacity rose 6.8% and load factor dipped 0.3 percentage points to 77.3%.

European carriers saw demand rise just 1.8% in April, which was well down on the 6.0% growth recorded in March. This reflects the impact of the Brussels terror attacks, which closed the airport for nearly two weeks. Capacity climbed 2.4% and load factor slipped 0.5% percentage points to 80.2%, which still was the highest among the regions.

Middle Eastern carriers posted a 12.7% traffic increase in April, the only region to see a double-digit percentage increase in demand. Capacity growth of 14.8% outstripped this rise, however, which caused load factor to fall 1.4 percentage points to 75.6%.

North American airlines’ traffic rose 1.1% compared to April a year ago, the smallest increase among regions. Capacity climbed 0.9%, causing a 0.1 percentage point rise in load factor to 78.3%. While the recent downward slide in international traffic growth paused in April, traffic levels remain below July 2015 on a seasonally-adjusted basis.

Latin American airlines experienced a 3.1% rise in April demand compared to the same month last year. Capacity increased by 2.9% and load factor edged up 0.1 percentage points to 77.7%. The upward trend in international traffic growth that characterized 2015 has paused even as the downward trend in domestic traffic for the region’s carriers has accelerated.

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African airlines’ traffic climbed 9.9% in April. Capacity rose 11.1%, with the result that load factor slipped 0.7 percentage points to 66.3%, lowest among regions. The continued turnaround of the carriers coincides with expansion of long-haul networks by the region’s airlines.

Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO said “The disruptive impacts of the Brussels terror attacks will likely be short-lived. There are some longer-term clouds over the pace of demand growth. The stimulus from lower oil prices appears to be tapering off. And the global economic situation is subdued. Demand is still growing, but we may be shifting down a gear.

Domestic Passenger Markets

Demand for domestic travel climbed 4.1% in April compared to April 2015, while capacity increased 3.8%, causing load factor to rise 0.3 percentage points to 81.4%. All markets reported demand increases with the exception of Brazil, which showed a 12.1% decline, reflecting the country’s ongoing economic recession and political turmoil.

China’s airlines recorded 9.5% domestic traffic growth, a strong rebound from the 3.3% increase recorded in March. Fears about slowing economic growth in the country have eased somewhat and increased growth in frequencies is helping stimulate demand.

India’s domestic traffic soared 21.8%, marking the 20th month of double-digit traffic growth and the 13th consecutive month it has led the domestic markets. Growth is being propelled by the comparatively strong economic backdrop as well as by substantial increases in service frequencies.

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