IATA disappointed over India’s dissent over cubing aviation emissions
Global airline body, International Air Transport Association (IATA) has expressed disappointment over India’s opposition to a global pact for curbing aviation emissions proposed by the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in Montreal recently.
Other developing nations like China, Indonesia, Zambia and Kenya have signed the global pact.
Rationale behind dissent
Although 65 countries signed the pact committing to cap emissions at 2020 levels, India and Brazil were among countries that opted out as it felt the deal would be unfair for developing countries where the civil aviation market is not mature and the airlines are limited compared to the developed economies.
What is IATA?
The International Air Transport Association is a trade association of the world’s airlines. It consists of 268 airlines, primarily major carriers, and represents 117 countries. The IATA’s member airlines account for carrying approximately 83% of total Available Seat Kilometers air traffic.
IATA supports airline activity and helps formulate industry policy and standards. It is headquartered in Montreal, Canada with Executive Offices in Geneva, Switzerland.