September 9, 2011
Impact of 9/11 on Aviation
Coinciding with the upcoming 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks, IATA has produced a new report, The Impact of September 11, 2001 on Aviation (available here). The brief report includes figures on the economic impact on the industry, as well as ongoing security, insurance and data sharing costs, and offers a suggestion for streamlining security procedures going forward. It could serve as a quick point of reference for any researchers in need of statistics on the subject.
September 8, 2011
Obstacles Remain for Air Transport Liberalization Efforts
Blog readers interested in a concise summary of where air transport liberalization stands today would do well to check out Breaking the Surly Bonds of Economic Regulation, by Chris Lyle, formerly of the ICAO (available from Air Transport Economics here).
September 7, 2011
Flight Rights Canada Implementation Uncertain
The Canadian government has yet to take action on the Flight Rights Canada initiative to inform airline passengers of their rights through signs and posters at the nation's airports according to a news report yesterday. See Sara Schmidt, Conservatives Ground Pledge to Protect Passenger Rights, Postmedia News, Sept. 6, 2011 (available here). The article provides a nice account of how political support for regulatory changes can erode between the time new regulations are first announced and the time they are implemented.
September 6, 2011
Increased Regional Cooperation Discussed at African Aviation Conference
Speakers at last week's 17th Annual Aviation & Allied Business Leadership Conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania called for increased cooperation among African carriers according to recent news reports. See Leaders Urge More Investments, Cooperation in Aviation Industry, allAfrica.com, Sept. 5, 2011, (available here). President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, argued African nations will need to move away from protectionism in favor of greater liberalization and integration among their aviation industries in order to compete with European carriers. Other key topics included safety and security and the need for increased investment. Additionally, Tanzania's Transport Minister Omari Nundu announced that Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL), Tanzania's national airline which has been grounded since March 2011, was ready to resume flying. See Daniel Semberya, Kikwete Advises on Air Transport Investment, East African Business Week, September 5, 2011 (available here).