IATA AGM 2023: Interview on the Regulatory Agenda with Conrad Clifford
By John Smith, Aviation Correspondent
SINGAPORE – In an exclusive interview at the IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2023, Conrad Clifford, the Deputy Director-General of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), discussed the regulatory agenda and its impact on the aviation industry.
Clifford highlighted that the regulatory agenda plays a crucial role in shaping the future of air travel. He emphasized the need for harmonization and cooperation among industry stakeholders, governments, and regulatory bodies to ensure the sustainable and efficient growth of the aviation sector.
One of the key topics discussed during the interview was the ongoing efforts to address climate change and reduce aviation’s environmental impact. Clifford expressed optimism about the industry’s commitment to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and highlighted various initiatives undertaken to achieve this goal. These include the development and deployment of sustainable aviation fuels, technological advancements, and operational efficiency improvements.
Clifford also touched upon the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of regulatory flexibility in responding to such crises. He emphasized the need for governments and regulatory bodies to adopt a risk-based approach that allows for the resumption of air travel while ensuring the safety and well-being of passengers and employees.
Furthermore, Clifford discussed the digital transformation of the industry and the need for regulatory frameworks that enable innovation and digitalization. He emphasized the importance of data sharing and collaboration to enhance safety, security, and efficiency in air travel.
During the interview, Clifford also addressed concerns regarding consumer rights and highlighted the industry’s commitment to passenger welfare. He stressed the importance of transparent pricing, fair competition, and effective dispute resolution mechanisms to protect passenger interests.
In conclusion, Clifford stated that an effective regulatory framework is essential to address the challenges and opportunities facing the aviation industry. He emphasized the importance of collaboration and urged all stakeholders to work together towards a sustainable and resilient aviation sector.
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