'It is a great honour to be assuming this role at this time, and to have the opportunity to help governments and ICAO play an important part in how this sector builds back and recovers from the global pandemic,' Mr Salazar said.
'We are still facing some tremendous challenges to the restoration of global air connectivity today, and with many regions and populations all over the world facing prolonged economic, social, and emotional hardship as a result,' he said.
Mr Salazar is a former director general of Civil Aviation for Colombia. He has more than 26 years of experience in civil aviation, public policy, and the management of large and complex organisations.
He also said he plans to further strengthen ICAO's global presence through its regional offices and support member states in the implementation of CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation) CO2 tax.