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ICAO SG: future capacity challenges for European and North Atlantic air transport

Fang Liu welcomed the newly appointed ICAO EUR/NAT Regional Director

ICAO Secretary General (SG) Fang Liu discussed a range of pressing air transport priorities earlier last week with the assembled Directors General of Civil Aviation for the 56 ICAO European and North Atlantic (EUR/NAT) Member States. Convening for the 2019 EUR/NAT DGCA Meeting in ICAO’s Paris Regional Office, Liu welcomed the newly appointed ICAO EUR/NAT Regional Director, Silvia Gehrer, to her new duties, and provided some important opening perspectives on both global and European air traffic trends. 

Fang Liu emphasized the importance of the upcoming 40th Assembly, especially in view of the ever changing nature of civil aviation that necessitates ICAO be prepared for changes that will occur, be cognizant of emerging issues and have contingencies in place. Among those emerging issues in global civil aviation, the Secretary General highlighted the increased use of Unmanned Aeronautical Systems (UAS), Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), Cybersecurity and Trust Framework, Aviation Infrastructure/system financing, Big data analytics for aviation and commercial space transport and higher airspace operations.

To achieve significant, targeted improvements in its work, to benefit global civil aviation and Member States, ICAO will focus on Improved Aviation Safety, Strengthened Regulatory Capacity, Increased Air Navigation Capacity, Reduced Aviation Security Risk, Improved Environmental Performance of Aviation and Strengthened Aviation Professional Skills.

Besides the status report on the EUR/NAT 2017-2019 work programme, she and the attending DGCAs were also updated during their meeting on how to strengthen State safety and security oversight capabilities, as well as a review of some new suggestions aimed at enhancing EUR/NAT Air Traffic Management (ATM) safety.

The SG concluded by reminding her audience that 2019 is the 75th Anniversary of ICAO and the Chicago Convention which established it, and noted that given the dramatic new developments in aircraft design and operations now coming to light, ICAO would be using the occasion to look to aviation’s exciting future as much as to its storied past.

While attending the EUR/NAT DGCA in Paris, Liu also met and held discussions with a number of Directors General from the EUR/NAT Region, in addition to high -level representatives from several European regional organizations including Eamonn Brennan, Director General of Eurocontrol, Luc Tytgat, Director of Strategy and Safety Management for the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Ingrid Cherfils, President of the European Civil Aviation Conference, and Abdennebi Manar, General Director of the Arab Civil Aviation Organization.

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