IATA begins 73rd annual general meeting

By Shayan Shakeel 5 June 2017

IATA began its 73rd Annual General Meeting in Cancun today with delegates including airline and airport CEOs as well as manufacturers and vendors poised to discuss the future of the industry.

On day 2 IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac will disclose findings from the world's most influential airline lobbying body's analysis on airline profits in 2017.

Results are expected to be lower than those in 2016. IATA has previously said Middle East airline profits will be two-thirds lower than those reported in 2016.

Overheard on the first day of the gathering, in conversations with Aviation Business, were how Middle East airlines will focus on shifting capacity out of the US if protectionist threats including the laptop ban continue to persist.

IATA's spokesperson at the conference have said the technology to ease security scanning procedures, including CT scanners, currently exist, but individual certifying agencies and governments will hold back in implementation in a growing global environment of uncertainty. The association will also be speaking about developments in the sphere over the coming days.

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