To meet the 5 percent yearly demand for global connectivity, airports and airlines must work together toward common goals and investments, Tony Tyler, director general of the International Air Transport Association, said recently.
Tyler, in a speech during the Airports Council International's Istanbul conference, said neither airlines nor airports can "afford poorly thought out and overly expensive infrastructure development. To avoid this, we must work together in a collaborative process."
The International Civil Aviation Organization has touted principles of transparency, non-discrimination and safeguards on future infrastructure financing, and airports and airlines should work within that structure, Tyler said.
Moving forward, he said, the parties would focus on making long-term sustainability a priority and recognizing that working together is in the best interests of both airlines and airports. By working together, airports and airlines could find mutually beneficial efficiencies, remove capacity constraints, find new value-added opportunities, and engage in joint business development.
“An agenda of cooperation does not mean that we will agree in every specific instance," Tyler noted. "But it does mean that we recognize we will achieve far more together than each could on our own." - Jon Ross