International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations Welcomes Ministerial Declaration from ICAO High Level Conference on COVID-19

Montreal (22 October 2021) – ICCAIA today welcomed the declaration made by the Ministerial participants of the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) High Level Conference on COVID (HLCC) to address the global crisis in aviation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alongside Airports Council International (ACI), the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA), ICCAIA issued a statement welcoming Ministers’ commitment to taking effective measures to safely restore international connectivity and support the revival of the global economy. The statement also highlighted the need to implement risk based, pragmatic approaches such as mutual recognition of vaccines and interoperable solutions for proof of health status and emphasised industry’s willingness to work with ICAO and States to support the recovery of the aviation sector.

Reinforcing industry’s commitment to address climate change, the statement also highlighted recent commitments made by industry for global civil aviation operations to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

This statement comes as government and industry stakeholders from around the globe conclude the two-week long HLCC that centred on round-table sessions bringing together Ministers of Transport and Health with senior civil aerospace sector leaders. “The High-Level Conference on COVID-19 has demonstrated the alignment between States and industry in many areas of safety and facilitation,” said ICCAIA Chairman Jan Pie. “The manufacturing industry looks forward to working with ICAO and States to implement the recommendations, not only to help the industry recover, but to stand it in good stead to address future crises,” he continued.

The statement was delivered to the Ministerial plenary of the conference by Mr. Simon Hocquard, Director General of the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO).

The full text of the industry statement can be read here.

ICCAIA represents the aerospace manufacturing and support industries from the United States, Europe, Canada, Russia, Brazil, Japan, Singapore, and Mexico. ICCAIA members have made significant technical contributions and provided modeling expertise to ICAO CART work since its inception in April 2020.

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