Up close and personal with Giovanni Bisignani


  • Business
  • Saturday, 02 Jul 2011

GIOVANNI Bisignani's famous word is basta (Italian for enough) and whenever he uses it, his hands go up in the air and his facial expressions change to reflect his sentiments of sheer anger and frustration.

On Thursday, the charistmatic Italian bid ciao to a position he had held for a decade as director-general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). But he's not likely to stop hammering away at issues he is deeply and most passionate those related to airports, airlines, regulators and governments.

“Every person has a different approach. For me, I shout politely to embarrass governments. But they're not simply words. They are backed up with facts and figures,” he says.

His latest attack weeks before he stepped down was against the European Union's (EU) emission trading scheme, calling it illegal. He asked EU to desist from including the aviation sector in the scheme. With international airlines flying into and out of EU airspace, they are liable for inclusion into the scheme starting next year, Bisignani, 65, warned that the move could trigger a trade war as nations retaliate.

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