Hermes participated as an observer in the 40th ICAO Assembly (24 Sep – 4 Oct) held in Montreal. Dr Kostas Iatrou, Director General and Luis Felipe de Oliveira represented the organisation.
Hermes presented two information papers based on its recommendations:
The WP highlights education and training as an investment, outlines the challenges faced by the aviation industry in recruiting and retaining personnel, and provides recommended actions that may be undertaken to improve training and educational strategy in aviation.
The WP was included in the report of the Executive Committee on Item 25
(ICAO Civil Aviation Training Policy and Capacity Building in Aviation)
The WP underscored the need for decision-makers to create an environment, including relaxing ownership and control restrictions, which will allow airlines to access the capital necessary for effective competitiveness. The paper explained that carriers pursuing cost leadership and/or revenue generation models extending beyond national boundaries would dominate the industry in the future.
The WP was included in the report of the Economic Committee on Item 32 (Economic Regulation of International Air Transport — Policy).
During the 40th ICAO Assembly Hermes signed two Memorandum of Understandings with EUROCONTROL & with IATA.
Finally, Dr Iatrou had a series of meetings with key stakeholders -including ACAO, LACAC, AFCAC, FSF, AIA, IFALPA & IFATSEA- and presented the work of Hermes.