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June 9, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Qantas will host the 74th annual general meeting and World Air Transport Summit of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) from 3-5 June 2018.

Confirming the choice yesterday, IATA director general and chief executive, Alexandre de Juniac, said Sydney was “an excellent choice to become the capital of the global air transport industry in June 2018”.

de Juniac continued: “I am confident that Qantas will be an excellent host, as they were when we last met there in 2000. Australia’s pioneering tradition on aviation matters carries on to this day with competitive airlines, effective air traffic management and a commitment to smarter regulation.

“As a result, aviation keeps Australia connected to the world. And those links contribute greatly to the country’s prosperity. I am sure that we can look forward to a tip-top welcome ‘down under’ in a year’s time.”

Qantas is a founding member of IATA and four of its chief executives have chaired the IATA board of governors. That includes current chief executive, Alan Joyce, who was chairman in 2012-13 and has served on the board of governors since 2009.

Next year’s AGM, to be held at Sydney’s new International Convention Centre (ICC), will be the third time the event has been held in Australia, the previous years being 2000 and 1961, both in Sydney.

Joyce said Qantas had a long history with IATA, “having been one of the association’s founding members back in 1945. Today aviation supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in Australia and being on the doorstep of the world’s aviation growth centre, the Asia Pacific, millions of visitors each year.

“The AGM will give us an opportunity to showcase the warm, welcoming hospitality that Australia is known for and discuss some of the important priorities for an industry that is changing rapidly with new technologies, new markets and new generations of travellers,” Joyce said.

The 73rd AGM and World Air Transport Summit in Cancun, Mexico, just concluded, attracted 1000 aviation leaders from IATA member airlines, industry stakeholders, strategic partners and members of the media.

Edited by Peter Needham

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