MONTREAL, Canada, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) opened its 38th triennial Assembly on Tuesday at its headquarters in Montreal to find ways to increase air travel capacity and maintain safety and security.
The number of air travel passengers is rising significantly, and the projected doubling of that number is expected by 2030, according to ICAO.
Expanding global capacity from 100,000 to 200,000 flights daily in barely two decades poses significant challenges to aviation planners in terms of system safety, efficiency, security, economic viability and environmental stewardship, ICAO Council President Roberto Gonzalez said at the opening of the two-week meeting.
Gonzalez said that rapid and dependable air transport connectivity remains essential to the socio-economic hopes and expectations of industries and peoples all over the world.
"Businesses and travelers all over the world are looking to ICAO to help manage this process with little adverse impact on current service levels and this is precisely what our States are here to accomplish," he added.
Speaking of aviation security, ICAO said it will continue to drive momentum on the links now being drawn between how member states and industry secure aircraft, passengers and cargo without creating bottlenecks and other obstructions to travelers' convenience and trade flow.
ICAO Secretary General Raymond Benjamin stressed that recent technological innovations, coupled with improved data sharing supporting more effective risk assessments, have created an opportunity to improve on well-established and effective security levels while greatly facilitating passenger and trade flows.
In the environmental area, ICAO said that aviation accounts for just 2 percent of global man-made greenhouse gas emissions each year, and that approximately two thirds of this amount, or 1.3 per cent, is due to international flights.
The assembly, drawing over 1,400 delegates from 191 ICAO member states and major international and industry organizations, is expected to endorse revised global safety and air navigation plans for sustainable global aviation development.
A specialized agency of the United Nations, ICAO was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world.
It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency, capacity and environmental protection, amongst many others.