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Cost will not deter airlines from real-time aircraft tracking: ICAO

Published on May 26, 2014 3:36 PM
 
A member of staff at satellite communications company Inmarsat works in front of a screen showing subscribers using their service throughout the world, at their headquarters in London on March 25, 2014.  Major airlines want real-time tracking for commercial aircraft following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and cost is not a concern, a senior official with the United Nations' aviation agency said on Monday, May 26, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - Major airlines want real-time tracking for commercial aircraft following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and cost is not a concern, a senior official with the United Nations' aviation agency said on Monday.

The mystery surrounding MH370, which vanished en route to China, has sparked a global drive for a system that would enable controllers to pinpoint the exact route and last location of an aircraft. A nearly three-month-long international search has so far failed to find any trace of the Malaysian plane.

Members of the International Civil Aviation Organisation's (ICAO) governing council agreed earlier this month on the need for global tracking, although they did not commit to a binding solution or timeline. Instead, the global airline industry group, International Air Transport Association (IATA), agreed to come up with proposals for better tracking by the end of September.

IATA said its members would implement measures voluntarily, before any rules were in place.

 
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