Skal International, with over 18,000 members, is the world’s largest travel organization. Skal International supports the aviation industry in its move to continue to be one of the safest, most efficient and environmentally sound industries, without undue interference from individual governments introducing ad hoc regulations, that at best can be seen as revenue gathering, and at worst major impediments to the aviation industry achieving its goals.
It is Skal International’s contention that the aviation industry must continue to move towards a safer and more environmentally sound footing by working with international aviation and inter- governmental organizations. However the aviation industry also needs to work more closely with national and regional tourism boards when planning and re-aligning routes and schedules.
“It is vital that an organization such as ours has a clear and concise position on an industry as important as aviation. It is our intention to make it clear to governments, both local and national, that ad hoc regulations such as cuts to air traffic management systems and the introduction of localized airline taxes have a dramatic effect on the whole travel and tourism industry, and in some cases see the loss of employment. It is important to note that the footprint of aviation goes beyond the stakeholders in the aviation industry alone, particularly in developing countries. This often includes education and growth in skill sets which offer opportunities for foreign employment impacting inward remittances and economic upliftment of subsets of the population,” says Mr. Mok Singh – World President Skal International.
“Skal International calls on all these sectors to ensure they work together to ensure that the consumer is provided with the best possible service in terms of safety, efficiency and environmental concerns. This can only be done if all parties work towards this goal and are prepared to closely audit their own positions when making decisions that affect the industry,” he continued.