Ghana, Cape Verde, Jo’Burg Lend Support For IATA’s iFlex Programme

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says it has successfully completed its first iFlex trial between Johannesburg and Atlanta. IATA notes that the iFlex concept provides for a greater and more flexible choice of routes on long-haul operations which cross multiple flight information regions to deliver shorter flight times, improved fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions while maintaining safety. IATA notes further that the iFlex initiative is the culmination of eight months of work between IATA, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO), the Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA), (Dakar FIRs), Ghana CAA (Accra FIR), Trinidad and Tobago CAA (Piarco FIR), SNA-Antilles Guyane (Rochambeau Cayenne FIR), ASA - Cabo Verde (SAL FIR), Delta Air Lines and Emirates Airline. IATA adds that the routings were made available to all operators as of 25 August.

"This initiative demonstrates just what can be achieved when we work together as an industry to reduce aviation's impact on the environment while at the same time enhancing efficiency and safety," says Mr. Guenther Matschnigg, IATA Senior Vice President, Safety, Operations and Infrastructure. "We look forward to future successes based on this first trial."

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