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Global air industry needs urgent attention to infrastructure

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The global airlines' industry needs urgent attention to its infrastructure as governments are not meeting their responsibility, Alexandre de Juniac, the CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said.

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Speaking at IATA's annual global Media Day in Geneva, de Juniac noted that the lack of investment in infrastructure "also has an environmental cost" for air traffic management and he cautioned governments, "There is no time to lose."

"Airlines have invested in planes with amazing capabilities. But we are not able to use them fully to maximize efficiency," the IATA chief said.

He noted that this year airlines will safely fly four billion people and 60 million tonnes of cargo over some 20,000 city pairs.

"This is a critical activity for the global economy. About a third of the value of goods traded internationally are shipped by air. International air travelers spend about 750 billion U.S. dollars annually," said de Juniac.

In the United States, the development of what is called the NextGen air traffic management continues to suffer in the budgeting process, he explained.

IATA supports the "corporatization of U.S. air traffic management" said de Juniac, noting that there are "high hurdles" to achieving that this year, but his organization intends to continue advocating for it.

"In Europe, narrow national interests are blocking the implementation of the Single European Sky.

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