ICAO to develop accessibility programme for disable air passengers

Late Capt. Muhtar Usman, former Director General of NCAA

Welfare of air passengers with disabilities was one of the resolutions of the 40th General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in Montreal, Canada. The Assembly charged the ICAO Council to develop a work program on accessibility for passengers with disabilities in order to reach for a disability-inclusive air transport system.

On the regulation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones), the Assembly directed the ICAO Council to urgently consider the establishment of a high-level body with the industry to regularly provide strategic advice to the Council concerning includes issues like the integration of UAS into airspace.

The Assembly resolved to urge its member states to ratify Montreal Protocol of 2014 which modernizes measures to deal with unruly passengers. 

The Assembly endorsed the IATA One ID project which highlights the benefits of biometric recognition to secure and facilitate the passenger clearance process. The need for robust data protection policies—built into the One ID project—was also stressed.
On harmful interference with Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), the Assembly called for measures to manage and reduce the impact from harmful interference to GNSS on the safety and efficiency of aircraft and air traffic management operations.  

The Assembly bemoaned shortage of infrastructure in the industry and agreed that governments should implement the necessary infrastructure components to meet existing and future demand in alignment with the Global Air Navigation Plan.

The Assembly also agreed that governments need to work with aviation stakeholders to identify and address infrastructure challenges in a timely manner.

The Assembly passed a resolution that reaffirmed and strengthened its support for the successful implementation of the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA)—the world’s first global carbon offsetting scheme.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) commended the significant progress made by governments at the 40th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), noting that all the resolutions align with International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) ideas particularly the call for governments to adopt a globally harmonized approach to enabling passengers with disabilities to travel safely and with dignity. According to the Director General of IATA, Alexandre de Juniac, “Sustainability is critical to earning aviation’s license to grow and spread its many economic and social benefits. Decarbonizing the sector is a major challenge. Our focus is on cutting emissions to half 2005 levels by 2050 and we are making consistent progress.  Flying today is 17.3% more fuel efficient than a decade ago. From 2020—with the help of CORSIA—the sector’s growth will be carbon neutral. The strong support of governments for developing a UN backed long-term goal for reducing emissions would support us in those efforts and take us to the next step. National policy measures aligned to a global long-term emissions reduction goal will enable the industry to work even more effectively on crucial opportunities like commercializing sustainable aviation fuels and more efficient air traffic management.”
Meanwhile, the enhanced and strong support for CORSIA will shore-up the important step of capping aviation’s emissions from 2020. CORSIA will offset growth of international flight emissions from 2021, generating some $40 billion of aviation-funded climate finance by 2035.
“We need to implement CORSIA successfully. It’s essential to our promise of carbon-neutral growth. This Assembly has sent a clear message that governments are forward to seeing these commitments delivered as CORSIA begins—particularly by those states committed to CORSIA and want to broaden participation from the voluntary stage. We look that are undermining CORSIA with additional taxes or charges,” said de Juniac.

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