Topman Pieter Elbers of KLM has returned his seat on the board of the global aviation dome IATA. That was announced on Tuesday afternoon at the annual meeting of the industry club.
Last year Elbers lost his seat because CEO Benjamin Smith of Air France KLM wanted to be the representative on behalf of the French-Dutch airline group. That cost the combination one seat on the board, which also reduced the influence. Smith wanted to get rid of Elbers, which he tried before at KLM. That failed.
A year ago, De Cceit revealed that KLM had lost its seat in the IATA, while the Dutch airline is co-founder of the dome.
After a meeting with IATA foreman Alexandre de Juniac, also former Air France KLM top man, Elbers was expelled from the board because there was a rule that each combination should only have one representative on the board.
This rule now turns out not poured into concrete, insiders argue. Juniac leaves as IATA top man, as it was announced on Monday. Willie Walsh, previously top man of British Airways, succeeds him. Walsh and Elbers get along well, as it turned out in the past.
The matter persuaded the House of Representatives. At the beginning of this year, D66 and PvdA asked for clarification on the robbery of the seat from Minister Hoekstra (Finance), shareholder of Air France KLM airline. Hoekstra said that he could not do much about it at the time.
KLM does not address any further questions about how the top man fought back to the main board. “Elbers will use its extensive experience in aviation to rebuild IATA, its airlines and stakeholders from more to better. The Netherlands has another voice in international aviation.”