This week, IATA’s 74th Annual General Meeting took place in Sydney, Australia and more than 1,000 leaders gathered together to hear about new innovations and look at ongoing challenges facing the airline industry. Some of the key topics discussed at this year’s meeting included airport privatization, protectionist barrier reform, and how data and connectivity continue to optimize the passenger experience.

Here are some of the top Tweet takeaways from the meeting capturing important moments from the event:

As mentioned, many aviation experts had a lot to say about the concept of privatized airports and the stark advantages and disadvantages that come with that territory, including potentially higher costs for airlines. IATA urged caution among airport decision makers when considering this approach.

Airline industry experts spoke up about the immense economic and cultural benefits that result from more open international travel and minimizing protectionist barriers, but understandably, some might feel this could lead to passenger data vulnerabilities. To address potential hesitation with this stance, IATA shared their Open Borders Strategy with attendees.

Another main focal point at the IATA Annual General Meeting was improving #PaxEx (or passenger experience) through improved connectivity and smarter airline data usage. Thought leaders across the industry know that leveraging their data more strategically can unlock many doors for creating smoother travel experiences for passengers.

We look forward to next year’s event in Seoul and the resulting thought-provoking conversations in the aviation space!

Chelsea Barone

About Chelsea Barone

Chelsea is an editor for Connected Aviation Today, managing the day-to-day editorial activities. Chelsea writes for other federal government and technology industry publications. Her background lies in B2B and enterprise technology, specifically cloud computing, SaaS, travel IT, and mobile devices.