GENEVA, 30 June 2016: The International Air Transport Association expressed outrage at Tuesday’s terrorist attack on Atatürk Airport Istanbul, Turkey, that left 42 dead and almost 300 injured.
“Once again, innocent travellers have been attacked in a cowardly and murderous act. Our thoughts are with the victims, and their families and friends,” said IATA’s director general and CEO, Tony Tyler.
“Air transport brings people together and facilitates both social and economic development. Istanbul has a particularly significant and historical role in connecting East and West. Last night’s attack was a broad attack on our shared humanity. But terrorism will never succeed in reversing the interconnectedness of the world. The desire of the human spirit to explore and trade will always triumph over suspicion and fear. That Istanbul airport is operating today is a testament to the resilience and determination of the Turkish people and the aviation industry,” said Tyler.
IATA’s CEO said safety and security of passengers are top priorities, noting the Istanbul attack and the one in Brussels earlier this year showed there were growing challenge for governments to keep people safe in the ‘landside’ zone of an airport.
“Moving people ‘airside’ more quickly can help to mitigate risk. The industry has a number of initiatives in place to achieve that aim and we are working with governments and airports to implement them,” said Tyler.