Air Transport World

IATA redefines the AGM. (International Air Transport Assn.'s Annual General Meeting)

Kuala Lumpur - IATA is in the midst of a series of profound changes and many of them became evident at its 51st Annual General Meeting here in November. The AGM itself had a new pattern, with a significant reduction in the time devoted to "statutory business items," while executive briefings on topics of current importance to the industry were introduced and a seminar was held on restructuring the distribution system. Social events sponsored by manufacturers were brought under control of the Secretariat to ensure minimum interference with the formal work program.

Although not by prearrangement, even the opening addresses contained more substance than those at most previous AGMs. The president, Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli, chairman of Malaysia Airlines, went straight into the subjects of traffic rights and market accessibility. He said: "It is obvious that liberalization and deregulation of the air transport industry have not been favorably received b some countries " and "several developed countries that profess to practice free trade are - in reality - more protective than some developing nations." Such protectionism has compounded the problem of market accessibility that already is challenged by the inefficiency of airports and airways capacity, he added. …

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