As part of its ongoing 75th IATA annual general meeting, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) discussed and passed five resolutions that the association will now focus its efforts towards.
The first resolution to be passed with an unanimous vote called on governments to implement the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), as established through the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
As the first global carbon pricing scheme for any industry sector, CORSIA is set to cap net CO2 emissions of the global aviation sector at 2020 levels. Building upon the foundation formed by the initiative, this year’s IATA AGM looked to the future and established the goal to reduce net emissions to half 2005 levels by 2050. To achieve this, airlines are encouraged to introduce all aviation industry standard fuel efficiency practices, as well as participate in a long-term switchover to sustainable fuels.
The second areas explored was concept of a global airport slot system, towards which AGM called upon governments to address capacity shortages. As part of the resolution, the organisation reaffirmed that the Worldwide Slot Guidelines (WSG) is the global standard for the policies and procedures of airport slot allocation and management.
Additionally, IATA endorsed a Statement of Objectives that is aimed at realising consumer benefit, devising convenient scheduling, promoting transparency, the importance of non-discrimination in the process, as well as utilising capacity to its full potential.
RFID for Baggage Tracking
IATA members voted for the resolution aimed at developing the global deployed of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for baggage tracking. Part of this includes the introduction of modern baggage messaging standards that will in turn better track passenger baggage in real-time. To comply with the resolution, airlines are encouraged to switch to bar-coded bag tags with RFID inlays and to utilise RFID data alerts that engage processes with airports and their respective ground handlers. This in turn will minimise instances of the mishandling of luggage.
A concept that IATA has pushed for the past couple of years and implemented to a limited degree at select locations, the organisation has now resolved to push the global implementation of the One ID initiative. Utilising a single biometric identifier, the idea is that a passenger can be processed through an airport and throughout the entire journey, without the need for paper travel documentation. The newly enacted resolution calls for cross-collaboration between airlines, airports, and government authorities to implement a paperless passenger process utilising biometric technology.
The final resolution passed is focused on improving the air travel experience for the estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide. IATA’s members are committed to ensuring that passengers with disabilities have access to safe, reliable and dignified travel. As part of the resolution, airlines will work with their respective governments and other elements of the travel sector to harmonise regulations and deliver a global standard that will improve travel for people of determination.