Green Flight Initiative Aired in North Bund International Aviation Forum

SHANGHAI, Nov. 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — On November 4, the first North Bund International Aviation Forum, with the theme on the sustainable development of the global aviation industry, was held in China’s economic hub Shanghai, injecting new aviation elements and driving power into the city’s development into an international shipping center.

North Bund International Aviation Forum
North Bund International Aviation Forum

 

North Bund International Aviation Forum
North Bund International Aviation Forum

Jointly organized by China Eastern Air Holding Company Limited and Shanghai Airport Authority, this event was a parallel forum of the North Bund Forum.

Officials from related government agencies such as the National Development and Reform Commission, the Civil Aviation Administration of China and the Shanghai Municipal Government, as well as about 150 guests from domestic and foreign civil aviation enterprises, industry associations, and colleges attended the forum.

They discussed the new model of sustainable development and international cooperation in the industry around issues such as carbon emission reduction in civil aviation and construction of world-class aviation hubs, and released a number of major achievements and important initiatives in the industry.

At the forum, Zhang Wei, vice mayor of Shanghai, said that this year is the year when the Shanghai International Shipping Center is basically in shape. Shanghai will adhere to building a world-class aviation hub with leading quality, accelerate the improvement of airport ground facilities, and enhance the coverage and accessibility of airline network.

"The city will improve the legal system for green development and accelerate the green development of the aviation industry, while joint efforts will be made to promote coordination of the world-class airport group in the Yangtze River Delta in terms of functional positioning, planning and construction, operation management and ground transportation," Zhang added.

Willie Walsh, director general of IATA, said that to give an indication of the scale of the pandemic disruption, losses of the airline industry were significantly reduced in 2021. With a 20 per cent share of the global commercial aviation market, China’s domestic market is increasingly important. At present, IATA is actively dealing with the impact of the epidemic, and the industry remains confident about the future.

Liu Shaoyong, chairman of China Eastern Air Holding Company Limited, said that the company will give full play to the features of the aviation industry with a long chain, strong driving effect and great influence radiation. With the new mode of digital transformation and intelligent upgrade, China Eastern will accelerate the building of smart aviation, inclusive aviation and airport cities. A new aviation economic ecology will take shape by developing "aviation + tourism", "aviation + finance", "aviation + exhibition" and the integration of aviation with other services.

Qin Yun, chairman of Shanghai Airport Authority, said the company will strengthen cooperation with airports and airlines around the world to build a green and ecological airport and a digital airport.

During the session of topic sharing, Li Yangmin, general manager of China Eastern Air Holding Company Limited, made a special sharing on the situation of aviation hubs in world-class cities, the development process of hubs and serving Shanghai’s development into a world-class city. More than 10 guests delivered keynote speeches on cooperation and win-win of international civil aviation in the field of carbon emission reduction during the pandemic and construction and upgrading of world-class aviation hubs.

In the dialogue session, the speakers focused on the opportunities and challenges of reshaping the global industrial chain and supply chain, and discussed the development ideas from the perspectives of logistics industry development, aviation logistics, airport cargo terminal business and supply chain solutions.

At this forum, senior executives of 20 enterprises in the aviation sector released an initiative on global aviation industry carbon reduction cooperation via video.

The North Bund International Aviation Forum will be held in Shanghai every year as a parallel forum of the North Bund Forum, which will help the latter to become the "Davos" of the international shipping industry, better promote the Chinese shipping brands to the world and share Shanghai’s perspectives. China Eastern will also host the 78th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the World Air Transport Summit in Shanghai in June 2022.

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