Russia and IATA sign framework co-operation agreement

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IATA has signed a memorandum of understanding with Russia's transport ministry, outlining co-operation in a wide range of aviation activities.

The memorandum, signed during a visit to Moscow by IATA director-general Giovanni Bisignani, covers areas including safety, security, airport infrastructure, air navigation and training.

Following a meeting with Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, Bisignani noted that the agreement gave the parties a "strong framework to contribute to building an even more competitive Russian air transport sector".

Bisignani praises Russia for its recent progress on air safety, adding: "The IATA operational safety audit is already delivering significant benefit by improving safety. I look forward to exploring ways to expand the use of all IATA's auditing programmes in Russia."

He also expresses appreciation for Russia's support of a global sectoral approach to manage aviation emissions under ICAO auspices.

Bisignani also used his meeting with Medvedev to press for equalisation in infrastructure charges between Russian and foreign carriers and for liberalisation of measures that would allow cross-border mergers and acquisitions for both Russian and foreign carriers.