MAINTAINING AVIATION SECURITY AMIDST NEW THREATS AND INCREASED PASSENGER DEMAND – Daisy BARRO

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The Director General and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Alexandre de Juniac, has called for increased collaboration between governments and industry in order to maintain a high level of security in the aviation industry in the face of ever evolving security threats and doubling of passenger demand, which is expected to reach 8.2 billion by 2037.

In an address to the AVSEC World conference in Miami, Florida, Juniac stated: “Flying is secure. But keeping it that way is not an easy task. The geo-political landscape is complex. Technology is rapidly changing. And the volumes of both cargo and travelers keep growing. Global standards and collaboration – amid government and industry – is the bedrock of our continued success”. IATA laid emphasis on four important factors that are crucial to aviation security: maintaining global standards on security as stipulated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), maintaining a constant flow of information between governments, employing sustainable risk-based solutions that focus resources where the need is greatest, and adapting to new security threats including cyber attacks.

IATA is currently collaborating with industry stakeholders, airlines and other connecting sectors to come up with a strategy that will be implemented early next year in order to greatly improve how the aviation sector manages cyber threats.

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