“It wasn’t an easy decision,” says De Juniac. He calls it a special privilege to serve the aviation sector as IATA’s top executive, especially during the current corona crisis. “Now that recovery appears to be in sight, it is a good time to hand over the lead.”
The Juniac recently announced its intention to step down to the IATA board of directors and will retire on March 31, 2021. Willie Walsh, who was CEO of Aer Lingus, British Airways and IAG until March this year, succeeds him.
The follow-up has yet to be officially approved by the IATA members, who will meet virtually this week during the annual meeting.