Jun 6, 2011

Strengthening Australia’s aviation partnerships

Strengthening Australia’s aviation partnerships

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

6 June 2011

Today I presented Australia’s international aviation credentials to 600 aviation leaders at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) 67th Annual General Meeting in Singapore.

The meeting is the aviation sector’s premier event and includes representatives of member airlines, partners, international and regional associations, manufacturers and suppliers.

With Australia’s growth in international passenger numbers leading the world, strengthening our relationships with our global neighbours is vital.

In 2010 a record 26.8 million passengers flew to or from Australia.

The industry as a whole contributes nearly $6.3 billion to our economy annually.

At the meeting’s CEO Forum I have been able to:

  • outline Australia’s approach to aviation policy
  • discuss our world class safety record
  • reaffirm our commitment to aviation security and anti-terrorism efforts
  • enjoy a frank dialogue about challenges facing the industry.

Engagement with forums such as IATA and the International Civil Aviation Organization are vital to our current and future aviation partnerships, nurturing and enhancing markets and helping us to maintain our place in world aviation.

I congratulate Mr Tony Tyler, former Cathay Pacific CEO, on election as new CEO and Director General of IATA, replacing Mr Giovanni Bisignani.

Mr Bisignani has done an outstanding job navigating the world’s airlines through a decade of safety, security and commercial challenges and setting out a plan for the industry’s future.

I thank him for his leadership over the past decade. Further information on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) 67th Annual General Meeting is available at www.iata.org