Issue: 5 / 2022

India to Chair Key Air Transport Panel

Dr Shefali Juneja was named the Chairperson of the Air Transport Committee (ATC) of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), becoming the first Indian in 28 years to do so. Congratulating Dr Juneja, Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia tweeted, “Great News! This solidifies India’s position in the global aviation ecosystem and strengthens our journey towards becoming the largest civil aviation market.” Ministry officials said that India will be Chairing the important committee after 28 years and has had the opportunity of Chairing the ATC only twice so far. “This committee handles a big component of ICAO work relating to air transport as nine technical panels report to it. It is therefore a tremendous opportunity to steer issues in the policy arena and deal with new emerging challenges to carve out a better future for international air transport,” said Dr Juneja. In September last year, Juneja was elected as the Chairperson of the ICAO’s Aviation Security Committee (ASC) and made an Indian taking charge of the position after a gap of 12 years.