Mr. Vijay Poonoosamy

A Barrister whose 30+ years of experience in aviation and international affairs have consolidated his ability and reputation for international consensus building, effective leadership and good governance. Vijay is the Chairman of the Aviation Group of World Tourism Network, an Honorary Member of the Hermes Air Transport Organization, a member of the Advisory Board of the World Tourism Forum Lucerne and of the World Economic Forum’s Strategy Officers Community and Gender Parity Steering Committee. Vijay was the Managing Director of Air Mauritius, the Executive Chairman of Airports of Mauritius and the Vice President International & Public Affairs of the Etihad Aviation Group. He was Chairman of the 4th ICAO Worldwide Air Transport Conference, ICAO’s Special Group on the Warsaw Convention Governing International Air Transport, IATA’s Industry Affairs Committee and Legal Affairs Committee. He was a member of the World Travel & Tourism Council’s Advisors Circle, the Board of Directors of US Travel Association and the Board of Governors of the International Aviation Club of Washington, DC. Vijay holds a law degree from the University of Nottingham, a master’s degree in international law from the London School of Economics and Political Science, with specialization in Air & Space Law and a Post Graduate Diploma in Air & Space Law from the London Institute of World Affairs.
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WAF’s Executive Committee:

Dr. Nasim Zaidi, President, 2021-2022
Mr. Girma Wake, First Vice President, 2021-2022
Mr. Jalal Haidar, Managing Director & Acting CEO
Mr. Vijay Poonoosamy, COO & Representative to ICAO, IATA and ACI
Captain Edward Davidson, Representative to the US National Transportation Safety Board
Captain Moh’d Aziz, Representative, MENA Region
Mr. Jan Philipp Goertz, Representative to the European Commission
Mr. David Soucie, Representative to the US FAA and EASA
Dr. Vahid Motevalli, Academic Affairs & the Aviation Human Capital Bank


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Article 13 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation:

The laws and regulations of a Contracting State as to the admission to or departure from its territory of passengers, crew, or cargo of aircraft, such as regulations relating to entry, clearance, immigration, passports, customs, and quarantine shall be complied with by or on behalf of such passengers, crew or cargo upon entrance into or departure from, or while within the territory of that State.