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Posted: Friday, August 30, 2019. 10:27 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Taiwan is seeking international support for its participation in the 40th Triennial Assembly being hosted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The event will be held from September 24 to October 4, 2019 at Montreal, Canada.

The assembly is the Organization’s sovereign body.  It meets at least once every three years and is convened by ICAO’s governing body, the Council.

ICAO’s 193 Member States and a large number of international organizations are invited to the Assembly, which establishes the worldwide policy of the Organization for the upcoming triennium.

 During Assembly Sessions, ICAO’s complete work programme in the technical, economic, legal and technical cooperation fields is reviewed in detail.

Assembly outcomes are then provided to the other bodies of ICAO and to its Member States in order to guide their continuing and future work, as prescribed in Article 49 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation.

The Convention on International Civil Aviation was drafted in 1944 by 54 countries.

It was  established to promote cooperation and “create and preserve friendship and understanding among the nations and peoples of the world.”

Minister of Transportation and Communication of Taiwan, Lin Chia-Lung is making a call for Taiwan’s participation at the assembly.

 Lin says that Taiwan is located at a key position in the Asia-Pacific region and has long enjoyed close air transport ties with countries and areas in the region.

In addition, the Taipei Flight Information Region (Taipei FIR), for which Taiwan is responsible, manages large air traffic volumes in East Asia and provided services to over 1.75 million controlled flights in 2018, a 5.8 percent increase over 2017.

As of the end of 2018, Taiwan’s 17 airports served more than 68.9 million passengers.

Some 92 airlines offered services to and from Taiwan, operating passenger and cargo flights on 313 routes connecting 149 cities around the world.

Taiwan is an active stakeholder in the international civil aviation community, and the Taipei FIR is an inseparable part of the global network of FIRs.

“Given technical, professional, and pragmatic considerations, Taiwan urgently needs to establish direct communication channels with ICAO and obtain the most up-to-date rules and regulations, so that the safe air transport of passengers and cargo can be ensured,” Lin states.

Additionally, Lin says that Taiwan’s participation in ICAO meetings, activities, and mechanisms will facilitate its access to real-time information.

The Taipei Flight Information Region (Taipei FIR), which is solely managed by Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA Taiwan), is one of more than 300 FIRs worldwide.

 Bordering four other FIRs (Fukuoka, Manila, Hong Kong, and Shanghai), and lying off the coast of China between Japan and the Philippines, the Taipei FIR provides quality aviation services.

 In 2018, a total of 92 airlines provided services to and from Taiwan, operating passenger and cargo flights on 313 routes that connect Taiwan to 149 cities around the world. The Taipei FIR served 1.75 million controlled flights and 68.9 million passengers last year.

 According to Airports Council International, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport ranked 10th and sixth in the world in 2017 in terms of international passenger and cargo volume, respectively.

 It placed fifth in Asia in both categories.

The 2018 statistics from the International Air Transport Association showed that Taiwan’s carriers—China Airlines and EVA Air—came in 28th and 37th, respectively, in international passenger volume.

In an article published by Lin, he informed that Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) works diligently to maintain the highest level of aviation safety and service quality in the Taipei FIR.

However, unable to participate in ICAO’s meetings, mechanisms, and activities, CAA Taiwan is forced to make a substantial extra investment of both time and resources to understand the rationale behind ICAO’s decisions and to properly implement its SARPs.

“Taiwan will continue to endeavor to implement measures to meet ICAO’s SARPs so as to enhance aviation safety and security. Yet allowing Taiwan to participate in ICAO, including attending the Assembly and obtaining related information, is necessary and legitimate. It not only conforms to ICAO’s goals of a seamless sky and having “No Country Left Behind,” it would also create a win-win situation for Taiwan, the Asia-Pacific region, and ICAO,” he expressed.

Taiwan shares the global interest in safeguarding regional and global aviation safety and is committed to contributing to the further development of global aviation.

“We are willing to share our experience in developing the aviation industry as well as our technical expertise as we pursue the common goal of safe, orderly, and sustainable development of international civil aviation,” the statement ends.


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