(PEDs) on Europe-to-US flight may cost $1.4 billion loss

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Alexandre de Juniac

The expanding ban on carriage of large Portable Electronic Devices (PEDs) on Europe-to-US flight has been predicted to lead to about $1.4 billion loss of productivity according to De Juniac. 

 The Director General of IATA, Mr Alexandre de Juniac, said the ban was one of the key issues to be discussed at IATA’s 73rd Annual General Assembly scheduled for June 4 to June 6 in Cancun, Mexico.

 He said the PED ban on March 21 by the Trump’s administration from 10 Middle Eastern and African airports to the U.S., appeared to have affected the Middle East-North America passenger traffic. “April showed us that demand for air travel remains at very strong levels. Nevertheless, there are indications that passengers are avoiding routes where the large PED ban is in place.

 “As the U.S. Department of Homeland Security considers expanding the ban, the need to find alternative measures to keep flying secure is critical.

 “An IATA-commissioned survey of business travellers indicates that 15 per cent would seek to reduce their travel in the face of a ban,” said the Geneva-based apex aviation body in a statement copied the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Saturday.

 The AGM, would feature keynote addresses by Mr Gerardo Esparza, Mexico’s Minister of Communications and Transport and Nigeria’s Dr Olumuyiwa Aliu, President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

 De Juniac said:“Cancun will be the capital of air transportation as aviation leaders gather for the 73rd IATA AGM and World Air Transport Summit.

 “Hot topics will include finding alternative means to keep flying secure without the inconvenience of the current laptop ban, combating human trafficking, implementing the carbon offset and reduction scheme for international aviation and modernising air cargo processes.”