Cablegate: Spanish Delegates to Icao's Meeting in Cairo

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E.O. 12958: N/A


1. We met with Susana Espana, International Relations
Advisor for Civil Aviation at the Ministry of Public Works,
regarding reftel. She informed us that the following Spanish
officials from Civil Aviation, Ministry of Public Works, will
attend the ICAO meeting in Cairo:

-Manuel Menderoz, Head of Air Transport Promotion and

-Ricardo Fernandez, Head of Aeronautic Legislation Services

-Maria Asuncion Cornejo, Technical Advisor on Aeronautic

-Amelia Cotelo, Head of the Air Transport Facilitation Section

2. No information about GOS positions on the agenda items is
yet available. However, Ms. Espana noted that the GOS
submitted a proposal before the European Civil Aviation
Conference (ECAC) to harmonize standards for serving
Passengers with Reduced Mobility (PRM), which could relate to
Cairo's Agenda Items 5 and 7. She explained that while Spain
attempts to make its airports and airlines more accessible
for PRMs, allocation of resources required to provide related
services and enhance infrastructure may negatively impact
competitiveness for Spanish airports and airlines. She said
that the proposal is to be considered further in the
Facilitation Subgroup of ECAC in preparation for the 35th
Session of the ICAO Assembly this September.

3. We will provide additional information regarding
attendance and GOS thinking on the Cairo agenda items as it
becomes available.

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