Montréal – Extending ICAO’s deep appreciation for the many regional organizations it works so closely with in Europe, the UN aviation agency’s Secretary General, Dr. Fang Liu, delivered a comprehensive keynote address late last week to the 66th Special Meeting of Directors General of Civil Aviation for the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC).
Highlighting a wide range of current and emerging issues for European civil aviation, and the global air transport sector at large, Dr. Liu especially noted that capacity challenges would be of particular interest to European governments, and that continuous increases in traffic volumes are making the goal of ensuring maximum operational capacity and efficiency increasingly complex.
“Airport operators and air navigation service providers must therefore remain diligent in managing their traffic demand against the capabilities which existing airport and ATM systems can safely support,” Dr. Liu stressed.
The ICAO Secretary General also updated her European audience on the progress being seen on the aviation emissions offsetting agreement, CORSIA, agreed to by States at ICAO’s 39th Assembly last October. The UN agency is presently conducting global outreach to raise awareness on the programme, and is resolving its Monitoring, Reporting and Verification system, amongst other technical requirements.
“I am tremendously encouraged that countries representing almost 90 per cent of international flight operations, including all of the ECAC and EU States, have already committed to participate in the CORSIA from its earliest pilot phase,” Dr. Liu commented.
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