April 04, 2020: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has postponed the 76th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit scheduled to take place from June 22-23 in Amsterdam.

The event hosted by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will be held when it is both safe and practicable to do so, IATA said in a release. IATA anticipates that it will be held in the late third or early fourth quarter of 2020.

“Our members are in the deepest crisis the air transport industry has ever faced. With much of the passenger business grounded as part of the global fight to contain the virus, many airlines are in a struggle to remain viable. On the cargo side, airlines are doing whatever they can to keep global supply chains moving with vital shipments, including those for critical medical supplies. We will come together as an industry when the freedom to travel has been restored and we can focus on air transport’s critical role in driving the economic and social recovery from this unprecedented crisis,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general and CEO.

This will be the third time that the Netherlands will host the global gathering of aviation's top leaders, following events held in Hague in 1949 and Amsterdam in 1969. KLM is a founding member of IATA and celebrated its 100th anniversary in October 2019.

The 75th AGM hosted by Korean Air from June 1-3, 2019, brought 1,000 industry leaders to Seoul, South Korea.

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