Flight delays in China remain a “major issue” for airlines, which could be improved by the adoption of global best practices, says IATA’s chief executive Tony Tyler.
Speaking at the Beijing International Forum on Civil Aviation Safety, Tyler acknowledged the improvements that have already been made to air traffic management in the country, but highlighted five areas that should be a priority moving forward, including: allowing international flights to use domestic routes; reducing restrictions on entry/exit points; simplifying procedures for re-routing requests; and introducing air traffic flow management.
Tyler also used his speech to raise concerns over the transportation of lithium batteries in the country, which is a major producer.
“Ensuring the safe carriage of this cargo is a major concern for the Chinese air transport industry. Because of the complex supply chains involved, it is crucial that all stakeholders are aligned,” said Tyler.