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World Aviation Forum highlighted climate, terrorism

Even against the backdrop of the recent bombing of a Russian aircraft and increasing pressures to make air travel more sustainable, there was no denying the almost giddy sense of optimism for the thriving aviation industry as hundreds of delegates gathered in Montreal this week for the inaugural World Aviation Forum.


December 1, 2015
By The Montreal Gazette

Organized by the International Civil Aviation Organization — an agency of the United Nations which oversees international air transport — the conference brought an array of 800 representatives from countries around the world to ICAO headquarters in Montreal. Countries from Mozambique to Portugal to Kazakhstan were there, as well as delegates from lesser-known places, like Benin in West Africa.

While the U.S. State Department’s global travel alert this week — in effect until at least Feb. 24 — following “increased terrorist threats” around the world certainly cast a shadow over the industry, ICAO president Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu said the biggest challenge still remains accommodating the anticipated growth safely, efficiently and in an environmentally responsible way. | READ MORE