IATA’s Tyler Calls for “Silk Road in the Sky” in Central Asia
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) established its first office in Central Asia and the Caucasus. Attached to the IATA European regional office in Madrid, an IATA presence has been established in Astana. The development of air connectivity has been a key contributor to Kazakhstan’s recent economic success, and air travel in Kazakhstan grew by 22 percent in 2011.
IATA’s Director General and CEO Tony Tyler called on the governments of Kazakhstan, Central Asia and the Caucasus to utilize air transport as a catalyst for economic growth and development. “Kazakhstan sits at the crossroads of East and West. And with double-digit growth in air traffic demand across the whole of Central Asia and the Caucasus it is an emerging success story -- a Silk Road in the Sky,” Tyler said. “But turning the long-term potential of the region into reality requires urgent attention to safety and the provision of cost-efficient airport infrastructure.” Tyler made his remarks in a keynote address to the Central Asia and Caucasus Aviation Day being held in Astana, Kazakhstan.
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