| ABU DHABI, March 14
ABU DHABI, March 14 Airline industry group IATA
said it remains concerned about protectionist rhetoric from the
United States and other governments, but also sees the new U.S.
administration's plans to invest in infrastructure as positive
for the industry.
IATA's Director General Alexandre de Juniac told reporters
in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday that the group had recently held a
meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, which
he described as "positive". However, he also said the group was
"heavily concerned" about plans by governments "to raise
barriers on borders for trade and for travel."
He did not say when the meeting took place.
"It was the opportunity for us to meet the new
administration, to express our view and to understand what the
new administration had in mind for aviation," de Juniac said,
adding that U.S. plans looked positive in terms of investment in
infrastructure and regulation.
IATA and its members were critical of President Trump's Jan.
27 executive order that blocked refugees and nationals of seven
Muslim majority countries from travelling to the United States.
Many in the industry have said the ban was rolled out
haphazardly without clear communication, causing chaos and
confusion at airports globally. The Trump administration's
revised travel ban is due to come into effect on
As well as in the United States, IATA is still concerned
about "significant" protectionist rhetoric in Europe and other
parts of the world, although it would take time before
protectionist measures are felt in the industry, De Juniac said.
This year has started off better than expected, he said.
Passenger demand reached a five-year high in January.
However, IATA said in December that it expects profit in the
airline industry to fall this year after a five-year rally and
de Juniac said that view remained
(Editing by Susan Fenton)