Emirates sponsored symposium sees IATA create new vision for sector
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) concluded its inaugural Global Accessibility Symposium by stating that the air sector needs to focus more on inclusivity in order to grow and develop.
Hosted by Emirates in their home city of Dubai, the Symposium welcomed guests from airlines, regulators and accessibility advocacy groups.
Linda Ristagno, External Affairs Manager at IATA, said: "This event showed that collaboration and feedback are crucial.
“Through this gathering and other initiatives, airlines are seeking to establish a better dialogue between industry, advocacy groups and passengers themselves.
“While the industry has had standards for persons traveling with disabilities for some time, we realize there are still gaps and we need to do more. We're excited to be on this journey to make air travel more accessible and inclusive."
In addition to speakers from airlines including British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Emirates and WestJet, presenters came from a wide variety of backgrounds such as regulatory bodies like the UK CAA, Canadian Transport Agency and Brazilian Ministry of Infrastructure.
The event featured keynotes and panel discussions that addressed a wide variety of accessibility and inclusion topics. Some of the key issues raised during the Symposium included:
The findings and results of the event will be used to build upon the existing IATA accessibility strategy that will lead to clear deliverables, while continuing the dialogue with passengers, airports and governments, according to IATA.