IndiGo CEO to chair IATA board and host 2025 AGM in Delhi, BA

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<p>IndiGo CEO Pieter Elbers </p>
IndiGo CEO Pieter Elbers

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced two major developments that highlight India’s rising prominence in the global aviation sector. Pieter Elbers will head the IATA board and IndiGo will host the 81st IATA AGM in Delhi next year when the marquee event returns to India after 42 years.

Pieter Elbers, CEO of IndiGo, took up his duties as Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors (BoG) following the IATA’s 80th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Dubai. Elbers, an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience, is the 82nd President of the IATA BoG. He previously served on the Board of Directors as President and CEO of KLM between 2016 and 2022 and was reappointed to the Board of Directors in 2022, shortly after becoming CEO of IndiGo. He highlighted India’s contribution to the growth of aviation and pledged to work towards a more sustainable and inclusive industry.

“It is indeed an honor to take on this role at a time when India is emerging as one of the largest and fastest growing civil aviation markets in the world and evolving into a formidable force in the aviation industry. In line with IATA’s legacy of aviation as a force for good, we will continue to focus on highlighting the benefits of aviation in building connections, increasing trade, tourism and mobility – benefits that are also so evident in India. At the same time, it is imperative that we continue our pursuit of a more diverse, equitable and inclusive, as well as more sustainable, aviation industry, creating positive change for generations to come. IATA plays a crucial role in setting global standards; I look forward to continuing to work with global industry leaders, regulators and stakeholders to achieve our collective goals,” said Elbers. IndiGo is organizing the 81st IATA AGM in Delhi
IndiGo, India’s largest airline, will host the prestigious 81st IATA AGM and World Air Transport Summit in Delhi in June 2025. This is the third time that India will host the AGM, showcasing its journey as a major aviation player. IATA Director General Willie Walsh praised India’s impressive growth and infrastructure development, which could help the country become the world’s third-largest aviation market.
“We look forward to bringing the aviation industry together in Delhi, the gateway to India, for the 81st IATA AGM in 2025. It has been over four decades since the industry came together for an IATA AGM in Delhi. With record aircraft orders, impressive growth and world-class infrastructure developments, India is on track to become the world’s third largest aviation market within this decade. With such bright prospects, this is the perfect time for the IATA AGM to return to India and witness these exciting developments first-hand,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General. Pieter Elbers, who now serves a dual role as CEO of IndiGo and Chairman of IATA, expressed his pride in hosting the event. He emphasized the importance of promoting meaningful discussions on critical issues such as sustainability, diversity and efficient solutions for air travel to meet growing global demand.

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“IndiGo is proud to be the host airline for the 81st IATA AGM and looks forward to welcoming the global aviation community to Delhi in 2025. Set to become the third largest economy in the coming years and leading the fourth industrial revolution with the use of AI, India is a country on the move. India’s rise to the global aviation landscape in recent years has been nothing short of remarkable,” said Pieter Elbers, CEO of IndiGo.

These announcements create a powerful synergy. Elber’s leadership at IATA, coupled with IndiGo hosting the prestigious AGM in India, positions the country at the forefront of shaping the global aviation landscape. The rapid expansion of Indian aviation, driven by airlines like IndiGo, is a clear indication of India’s ambition to become a major player in the sector. Hosting the AGM is expected to bring significant benefits to India, including increased foreign investment, tourism opportunities and an opportunity to showcase its advances in aviation technology and infrastructure.

    • Published on Jun 3, 2024 at 9:02 PM IST

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