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IATA conference on insurance

Practical issues and tips on how to deal with the next crisis in aviation

The second and last day of IATA Conference, Airline Insurance Rendez-vous 2004 in Munich began with the session discussing…

The second and last day of IATA Conference, Airline Insurance Rendez-vous 2004 in Munich began with the session discussing Dealing with the next SARS. Speaker Dr. Claude Thibeault, Medical Advisor, IATA presented the following measures that need to be implemented in such a case:


  • Must have a basic plan and procedures

  • Must have a good contact with the appropriate public health authorities

  • Use basic occupational health approach to hazards

  • Establish detailed plan to manage internal and external communication

  • Emphasize what is known


Speaker Dr. Ruwantissa I.R. Abeyratne, ICAO, concluded that the practical issues of such a threat are:


  • The liability cannot be easily determined

  • Conduct of airline after fact relevant

  • Air transport should be safe


In the Legal Issues Facing Risk Management session Rod Margo and Dr. Wolf Muller-Rostin presented the Montreal Convention (1999). They next talked about legal issues arising in case of accident: the liability for surface damage, the litigation arising out of 9/11, the air carrier liability developments, and the air carrier family assistance.



Then followed a discussion on the Role of the Insurance Buyer in Airline Risk Management. This session presented the role of the airline insurance buyer in insuring the success of the overall risk management plan. Holger Wirtl, Lufthansa, presented Lufthansa 10 risk management principles. Dr. Herbert Lienhard, Risk Management Competence Center Europe, summarized his presentation by stressing what an airline needs (to aggregate the individual risk), what an airline gets (a clear picture of risks exposures and risk bearing capital) and what are the results of such planning; first, more independency from insurance cycles, and second, optimized values of the carrier.



In the final session of the conference entitled Air traffic Control an Essential Service for Airlines and Insurers speaker Dieter Kaden, chairman and CEO, DFS, said that his company`s premium bills for aviation liability increased by nearly 100% between 2001 and 2002, as well as between 2002 and 2003. Another air traffic control company, The Netherlands (LVNL), experienced an even greater increase by 307% from 2001 to 2002, and nearly doubled from 2002 to 2003.



The conference presented a clear picture on the issue of airline insurance and risk management with the participation of the directly involved players: airlines, insurance companies, with the addition of international organizations and for the first time in this conference of the air traffic control companies.

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