ICAO and major aviation organizations launch new joint report on economic benefits of air transport

September 25, 2017

Montréal, 25 September 2017 – Aviation is essential to the economic development of cities, countries and regions everywhere, but governments can only optimize its benefits by addressing the sector’s critical infrastructure and resource needs in their national development strategies.

That’s the key message being conveyed jointly by ICAO and international aviation’s most prominent organizations in a special new 2017 report just released on Aviation Benefits.

The report’s announcement comes just before World Tourism Day on 27 September 2017, helping to underscore the symbiotic links between positive tourism impacts and the level of aviation connectivity in a given city or territory.

“Well over a billion tourists are crossing international borders each year,” remarked ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu, “and a very high percentage of these are travelling by air to their destinations – for example over 80% in many island States. Aviation’s lowering costs and expanding route network mean that the economic benefits from tourism and other aviation connectivity impacts will only increase in the years ahead, a trend which is doubly reinforced by the dramatic growth forecasts for air transport.”

The new Aviation Benefits report, aimed mainly at government leaders and national planners, contains a summarized checklist of the steps to be taken to maximize air transport’s socio-economic influence. It also presents helpful overviews of the related investment and partnership priorities to be pursued, and comprehensive regional summaries showing how aviation is improving prosperity all over the world.

It also provides a comprehensive outline of how international aviation connectivity directly aids governments’ ongoing efforts to achieve 15 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals adopted under Agenda 2030.

“ICAO’s priority is to foster effective partnerships between donors, investors and needful States, and to assist governments in developing solid business cases with clearly defined returns for their major air transport projects,” Dr. Liu added. “We have mapped out how well-supported air services greatly aid governments in attaining 15 of the 17 UN SDGs, and this report helps to reinforce for Ministers and government planners everywhere that they should integrate their aviation development needs into their broader national development strategies.”

As the UN agency for aviation, ICAO supports these partnership and project planning priorities each year during its ICAO World Aviation Forums, the next edition of which will be held this November in Abuja, Nigeria.

Aviation’s incredible global network and reach. Current forecasts show that air traffic volumes will double by 2032, spurring more and more tourism and trade as it continues to grow. The new joint Aviation Benefits Report explains in detail how well-supported air transport capabilities in cities, States and regions contribute tremendously to increasing consumer benefits and choices, job creation, and numerous other socio-economic spin-offs for local populations.


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