Father of IATA safety audit to retire

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IATA's head of safety Guenther Matschnigg is to retire at the end of the year.

Addressing the association's Ops Conference in Vienna on 15 April, director general Tony Tyler thanked Matschnigg for "strong leadership in the areas of safety, operations, security and infrastructure during his 14 years with the organisation".

Tyler credited Matschnigg with bringing the IATA operational safety audit to fruition. "The IOSA programme was his idea and developed under his careful watch," said Tyler. "His years at IATA saw tremendous progress in safety, the development of Chinese airspace and the global conversion to reduced vertical separation minima. I'd like him to have seen through the Single European Sky, but at the pace of developments, perhaps the best that we can hope for is to have played a role in a project that is eventually realised!"

Unveiling a restructuring plan on 12 April, IATA had said that Matschnigg would continue in his role as senior vice-president of safety operations and infrastructure.