GBTA Supports Creation of ICAO Task Forces on Aircraft Tracking and Conflict Zones

2014-08-20
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  • Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) The International Civil Aviation Organization has reportedly created an Aircraft Tracking Task Force, which will discuss options for tracking airplanes, following the two Malaysian Airlines incidents. The organization also created the Task Force on Risks to Civil Aviation Arising from Conflict Zones to examine risks to civilian airplanes in war-torn areas.

    The International Civil Aviation Organization has reportedly created an Aircraft Tracking Task Force, which will discuss options for tracking airplanes, following the two Malaysian Airlines incidents. The organization also created the Task Force on Risks to Civil Aviation Arising from Conflict Zones to examine risks to civilian airplanes in war-torn areas. 

    The following statement can be attributed to Michael W. McCormick, Executive Director and COO of the Global Business Travel Association:

    “On behalf of the global business travel industry, the Global Business Travel Association applauds and supports the International Civil Aviation Organization for taking the important step of creating an Aircraft Tracking Task Force and a Task Force on Risks to Civil Aviation Arising from Conflict Zones. The combination of the missing Malaysia Airline Flight 370 and the downing of Malaysia Flight 17, have made some travelers nervous – these task forces can provide the industry with guidance and steps that can be taken to further advance air travel safety.

    With global business travel spending expected to hit a record $1.18 trillion in 2014, a 6.9 percent increase over spending in 2013, it’s critical that business travelers feel safe when they fly. 

    We look forward to working with the ICAO and these two task forces as they determine the organizations next steps on these vital issues of safety.” 

    CONTACT:
    Colleen Lerro, +1 703-236-1133, clerro@gbta.org
    Gayle Kansagor, +1 202-295-8775, gayle.kansagor@harbourgrp.com  

    The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. area with operations on six continents. GBTA’s 7,000-plus members manage more than $345 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA and the GBTA Foundation deliver world-class education, events, research, advocacy and media to a growing global network of more than 28,000 travel professionals and 125,000 active contacts. To learn how business travel drives business growth, visit gbta.org


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