ATR speaks at the ATAG’s sustainable aviation summit
ATR’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) today participated in a panel at the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) summit, held in Geneva. The panel, entitled “Driving Sustainable Growth in Aviation” was focused particularly on the role that the aviation industry can play in supporting and sustaining the United Nations’ “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” initiative. This UN programme is based on different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were established in 2015 and aim to improve economic and social conditions for people in all countries, while further working towards environmental protection.
In 2016, ATAG explored the social and economic benefits of the air transport industry, and found that aviation has a direct or indirect role to play in the 17 SDGs determined by the UN. For example, aviation has responsibilities in the fields of affordable and clean energy, climate action, responsible consumption and production and also fighting against poverty by developing social and economic links.
The panel has given ATR the opportunity to highlight the importance of regional aviation for social and touristic development, with over 300 million passengers flying yearly on regional aircraft. Air transport generates over 36 million jobs within the tourism sector, generating nearly US$ 900 Billion a year. ATR’s CEO underlined also the essential role of ATR aircraft, which are sometimes the only mode of transportation to and from remote regions, providing a connectivity that is key to growth, job creation and social cohesion. According to the European Commission, a 10% increase of connectivity stimulated GDP per capita by 0.5%.