Amongst the latest developments highlighted by the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Annual General Meeting, were the addition of new members to the organisations, as well as changes with senior management.
In the case of the former, IATA revealed that Ma Tao recently joined the organisation as the regional vice president for North Asia. Tao previously served as a representative from the Civil Aviation Administration of China to the International Civil Aviation Organization.
It was also revealed that Paul Steele, IATA’s former Corporate Secretary and current SVP for Member and External Relations will be retiring from IATA following the conclusion of the upcoming ICAO assembly in October.
Taking up his responsibilities as the corporate secretary for the time being is Karen Clayton, who joined IATA from Air New Zealand in April.
Since the last edition of the IATA AGM, the organisation’s ranks have grown to 291 members, who combined serve 82% of global demand for air transport.
Commenting on the new airlines, Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general and CEO, shared: “These new members represent a variety of business models, which will add to the diversity and richness of the IATA membership.
“Our roots are with network carriers-airlines that need to interact with other airlines to serve their customers. But IATA today is much more diverse. Nearly 20% of our membership classify themselves as low-cost or hybrid carriers.”
A total of 13 airlines joined IATA since the last AGM. The list consists of:
• Air Dolomiti
• Congo Airways
• Cyprus Airways
• Fuzhou Airlines
• Germania Flug
• Hong Kong Air Cargo
• Kunming Airlines
• Ravn Alaska
• Solomon Airlines
• Thai Smile
• Urumqi Air
• XL Airways France