Willie Walsh has formally taken on the function of director basic of the Worldwide Air Transport Affiliation.
He succeeds Alexandre de Juniac.
The previous chief government of Worldwide Airways Group (IAG) stated: “I’m captivated with our trade and in regards to the essential work that IATA does on behalf of its members, by no means extra so than throughout the Covid-19 disaster.
“IATA has been on the forefront of efforts to restart international connectivity, together with growing the IATA Journey Cross.
“Much less seen however of equal significance, airways proceed to depend on IATA’s monetary settlement programs, Timatic and different very important companies to assist their day-to-day operations.
“I’m grateful to Alexandre for abandoning a robust organisation and a motivated group.
“Collectively, the IATA group is completely centered on restoring the liberty of motion that airways present to billions of individuals around the globe.
“Meaning your freedom to go to family and friends, to satisfy essential enterprise companions, to safe and retain very important contracts, and to discover our great planet,” stated Walsh.
Walsh was confirmed as IATA’s eighth director basic by the 76th annual basic assembly in November.
He joins IATA after a 40-year profession within the airline trade.
Walsh retired from the IAG in September after serving as its chief government since its inception in 2011.
Previous to that he was chief government of British Airways (2005-2011) and chief government of Aer Lingus (2001-2005)
He started his profession in aviation at Aer Lingus in 1979 as a cadet pilot.
Walsh is deeply aware of IATA, having served on the IATA board of governors for nearly 13 years between 2005 to 2018, together with serving as chair (2016-2017).
He’ll work from the affiliation’s government workplace in Geneva, Switzerland.