IATA Welcomes U.K.
Government Decision on Third Runway
Geneva - Following the
announcement of the U.K. Government decision to add a third runway at
London Heathrow, International Air Transport Association Director General
and CEO Giovanni Bisignani issued the following statement:
“The U.K. Government made the right decision. The third
runway allows Heathrow to grow, and, more importantly, it will be an
enormous economic catalyst by better connecting the London and U.K.
economies to global business,” said Bisignani.
“Growth must be environmentally responsible. The
environmental restrictions on the third runway are challenging,” said
Bisignani. “IATA’s four-pillar strategy on climate change - focused on
improved technology, effective operations, efficient infrastructure and
positive economic measures - is delivering real results. Since 2004 we
saved over 59 million tonnes of CO2. Moreover, as a result of the
efficiencies that our industry continues to put in place, we have limited
our CO2 emissions to 2% of the global total. Our track record is
impressive. And no industry is as ambitious about its future. I am
confident that the environmental impact of the third runway can be
managed effectively,” said Bisignani.
(International Air Transport Association) represents some 230
airlines comprising 93% of scheduled international air traffic.