New IATA chairman appointed

Mehmet T. Nane, Vice-Chairperson and Managing Director of Pegasus Airlines, is the new Chair of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Board of Governors, taking over from Robin Hayes.

Mr Nane, the first Turkish Chairman of IATA, which represents 292 airlines from 120 countries comprising 83% of global air traffic, took up the appointment at the 78th General Assembly held in Doha. He will serve until June 2023.

He said: “I’m honoured to take on this position at a time when the industry is emerging from our worst downturn, and to be the first Turkish Chair of IATA. A huge part of this honour is that it represents how far Turkish civil aviation has come.

“The aviation industry has been going through one of the toughest tests in its history over the last few years and is being directly affected by different political and economic factors as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that our already demanding industry now has even more challenges. Despite all the challenges, every one of the stakeholders in our industry are working with maximum effort”.

The 79th IATA General Assembly and World Air Transport Summit will be held in Istanbul, Türkiye, in June 2023. Mr Nane added: “We will be delighted to welcome global aviation professionals in our beautiful country, hosted by Pegasus Airlines.”

Robin Hayes (left) hands over to Mehmet T Nane

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