On the morning of September 11 more than 500 planes with an estimated 75,000 people on board were en route to North America. The U.S. Government made the decision to close its airspace with the possibility of planes being shot down by the U.S. Air Force. Under the Aeronautics Act the Transport Minister is the only person with the statutory authority to issue emergency orders in unprecedented situations like this.
As Minister for Transport David was responsible for overseeing the landing of 229 planes, most from Europe, that were refused entry to U.S. airspace on the day.
“It is fantastic to have such an esteemed Fellow of the CILT organisation speak for our members and stakeholders” says Mick Curran, CEO of CILT Ireland. “We are looking forward to hearing this gripping and truly interesting story that changed the course of aeronautical history, and that shocked the world”.
David speaks to CILT Ireland on Tuesday, 1 May from 5pm to 7pm in the Grand Canal Hotel, Dublin 4.
About David Collenette:
Mr. Collenette served in the Canadian House of Commons for 21 years and in the cabinet for 11 years under three Prime Minister's, primarily as Minister of National Defence and Minister of Transport. Since retiring from public life in 2004 David has been a strategic advisor to companies in the defence and transportation sectors. He is past Chair of CILT North America and former CILT International Vice-President. Currently he is Chair of the High Speed Rail Advisory Board for the Government of Ontario.
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Ireland is a member of the wider CILT International network which has offices in over 30 countries and 33,000 members worldwide. CILT is the recognised global professional body for those working in the Logistics, Transport and Supply Chain Industries. CILT have a unique perspective and cross border working relationship that is forming solutions and leading the way for the industry.
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