IATA Reschedules 76th AGM For November 23-24 In Amsterdam
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said it has rescheduled its 76th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit for 23-24, November 2020 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The 76th AGM and World Air Transport Summit will be hosted by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines at the RAI Convention Centre.
The dates were selected in anticipation that government restrictions on travel will have been lifted and that the public health authorities in the Netherlands will permit large gatherings at that time.
IATA will work with public health authorities to ensure that all precautions are taken for the meeting to be held safely.
According to IATA’s Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac, “The fight against COVID-19 is the world’s top priority. The economic and social cost of beating the virus will be high. The extreme financial difficulty of the airline industry is a prime example of that. In the post-pandemic world, a viable air transport industry will be critical. It will be a leader in the economic recovery by performing its traditional role of linking people, goods and businesses globally. But we will be a changed industry. In anticipation that the world will have returned to sufficient normality by November, we will gather the world’s airlines to look ahead together as we address the biggest challenges we have ever faced. Aviation is the business of freedom. We are resilient. And this AGM will help us to build an even stronger future.”
Recalled that IATA had postponement the 76th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit that was scheduled to take place on June 22-23, in Amsterdam.
IATA had said that the 76th IATA AGM and World Air Transport Summit would be held when it is both safe and practicable to do so and that IATA anticipates that would be in the late third or early fourth quarter of 2020. An announcement will be made when a date is confirmed.
“Our members are in the deepest crisis the air transport industry has ever faced. With much of the passenger business grounded as part of the global fight to contain the virus, many airlines are in a struggle to remain viable. On the cargo side, airlines are doing whatever they can to keep global supply chains moving with vital shipments, including those for critical medical supplies. We will come together as an industry when the freedom to travel has been restored and we can focus on air transport’s critical role in driving the economic and social recovery from this unprecedented crisis,” Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO had said.