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Bisignani draws two conclusions from the growth
outlook: " e rst is that Asia-Paci c will become
With size, however, comes influence and
responsibility, and Bisignani expressed the hope
that Asia will help change the rules of the existing
bilateral air-ser vices agreement game, "which
were invented 65 years ago and primarily with the
leadership of the USA and Europe".
"ASEAN is taking regional leadership in
[removing] barriers to market access, aiming for a
Single Aviation Market by 2015," he said. "And even
with the political barriers that exist, the region has
found solutions to allow multinational brands like
Jetstar or Air Asia to grow."
Accordingly, the IATA chief said he hopes the
Asia-Paci c region will gradually take a more vocal,
proactive and positive role in changing the status
Secondly, Bisignani concludes that airlines
environmental commitments are becoming ever
"Aviation is responsible for 2 percent of global
man-made carbon emissions and is united in
commitments to improve fuel e ciency by 1.5
percent per year to 2020, cap emissions with
carbon-neutral growth from 2020, and cut 
emissions in half by 2050. We are committed
to these targets even while accommodating the
tremendous growth we forecast," he said.
Speaking earlier in Ho Chi Minh City, Bisignani
identified three focal points for Vietnamese
aviation: world-standard technology for air-tra c
management (ATM), more cost-e cient airports
and air-navigation ser vices (ANSs), and increased
"By 2014, Vietnam is projected to be the third-
fastest growing market for international passengers
and freight, and second-fastest for domestic
[travellers]," the IATA chief said.
Bisignani added that he hopes Vietnam s air
traffic management (ATM) authorities will
implement satellite based ADS-B navigation
systems and on-board performance-based
navigation equipment as a priority. On
airport fees, he said that a three-year discount
scheme implemented in April 2010 at major
Vietnamese airports is "a clear signal that the
government ... will support growth [through]
cost-efficient infrastructure, consultation with
users, transparency, cost recovery, and non
He also called on the government to ratify the 1999
Montreal Convention, so that electronic freight
(e-freight) procedures sought by Vietnam Airlines
and freight for warders could become a reality to
improve e ciency.
"Airlines operating at Hanoi Noi Bai airport are
still unable to bene t from the bar-coded boarding
pass (BCBP) as the [related] technology will only
be available in the rst half of this year", when the
rest of the world is "over 99 percent BCBP-capable",
Following the Singapore meeting, Bisignani
continued his Asia-Paci c tour in Hong Kong,
where he emphasised the continuing movement of
"aviation s centre of gravity" eastward, pointing out
that the region s carriers are "the most pro table",
with US$7.7 billion earned in 2010.
"[Hong Kong s] rapid growth has been
impressive. e airport has been supporting that
growth, helping airlines with a 10 percent discount
at the height of the nancial crisis, supporting
climate-change commitments with a programme
to reduce [airport] carbon intensity 25 percent
by 2015, and seeking a more robust and frequent
consultation process," he said.
Bisignani added that he sees the US$900
million being invested in a new mid eld terminal
and taxiway project as con rming a desire to keep
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) as
"a competitive driver of a successful economy".
IATA and airline operators have looked for ward
to April s launch of public consultations on the
2030 airport master plan.
"I want to make a strong plea to build a third
runway" at HKIA, Bisgnani said. "In 1992, it
was anticipated that the airport would handle 87
million passengers and 9 million tonnes of cargo by
2040, [but] growth has been much faster, with 50.9
million passengers and 4.1 million tonnes of cargo"
being handled in 2010.
Hong Kong s Civil Aviation Department has
suggested Increasing the current cap of 60 aircra
movements per hour to 68, which Bisignani said
might raise passenger numbers above 55 million
but will not be a solution.
"Squeezing more numbers with larger aircra
worked for [Hong Kong s previous main airport
at] Kai Tak because it was a destination airport.
With today s hub operations, we cannot expect the
same," he said.
'I am excited about Air China's plans for a trans-Pacific
[bio-fuel] test flight later this year, in cooperation with Boeing.'
-- Giovanni Bisignani
14 AsianAviation | APRIL 2011
Singapore is "home to one of the world's top airlines and one of its best airports,"
said IATA's chief.
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