Corporate Oct 8, 2012
New Delhi: Aviation Minister Ajit Singh today urged Asia Pacific regulators to oppose measures like the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, calling it "unilateral".
"We would request the delegates to oppose any unilateral environment measures imposed by a state or group like the EU-ETS and work with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) to evolve global environment protection on the basis of equity and consensus," Singh told a conference of Asia Pacific aviation regulators.
He appealed to the delegates to "work with International Civil Aviation Organisation to evolve global environment protection on the basis of equity and consensus following the broad consensus obtained" in the United Nations fora.
Observing that India was a "major corridor" between the East and the West, Singh said the final operational phase and certification GAGAN (GPS Aided Geo-Augmented Navigation) system, developed jointly by Airports Authority of India and Indian Space Research Organisation, was expected to be completed in June 2013.
"GAGAN has a footprint overlapping with European Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) on the West and Japanese SBAS on the East," he said.
Asked whether the proposed venture of the Kerala government, Air Kerala, would be allowed to fly abroad, the minister said like all start-up airlines, it would need to fulfil all criteria for various government approvals. "We will give sympathetic consideration (to Air Kerala) but rules and regulations have to be followed," the minister said.
The three-day conference is being attended by top global aviation officials, including ICAO secretary General Raymond Benjamin, apart from aviation regulatory bodies of over 45 countries and six professional bodies.
The theme of the conference is Managing Air Transport Growth in the Asia Pacific Region through a Collaborative Approach to Safety, Security and Sustainability, which would also review and exchange information, enhance co-ordination of civil aviation activities and harmonise and coordinate implementation of standards and procedures in the region.
Reuters & PTI
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