IATA asks for political disputes to spare airlines

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/05/30
By: Lee Hsin-Yin

Taipei, May 30 (CNA) The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged

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governments Wednesday to sort out their political differences so that airlines are not caught in the middle, in response to Beijing’s latest attempt to belittle Taiwan in the global air transport sector.

The trade association of the world’s airlines said that it and its member airlines are “non-political businesses serving many global markets and have no wish to make political statements in how they designate those markets.”

The IATA asked that governments follow global standards, and where there are no such standards, or where there are gaps in how they are implemented, should find a solution to avoid an impact on the market.

“An inter-governmental agreement on the naming and grouping of states and territories would be a helpful reference,” the IATA said, referring to China’s putting pressure to dozens of international airlines to remove references to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as countries on their websites and marketing materials.    [FULL  STORY]

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