Alexandre de Juniac has become director general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association, succeeding Tony Tyler, who has retired after serving as DG and CEO.
Speaking at his inauguration, De Juniac emphasised the need for industry stakeholders, especially governments, to recognise the value that aviation creates. “The numbers are clear. Air transport supports an impressive 63 million jobs and some $2.7 trillion in economic activity.
“But that’s only a part of the value that aviation creates. Our industry is in the business of freedom. We help people to explore the planet, to do business globally, to bridge cultures with friendships and understanding, and to enjoy better lives through the prosperity that connectivity creates. Aviation changes our world for the better. And as the industry’s global advocate, my mission is to rally our partners to ensure that nothing impedes the business of freedom.”