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Top aviation officials to meet at summit

Abu Dhabi, February 23, 2009

The second Middle East Aviation Outlook Summit will bring together up to 250 industry leaders from the world’s top airlines and airports to define the future of the industry, said a statement.

Abu Dhabi is hosting the event for the second year in a row at the Beach Rotana Hotel & Towers from March 3 to 5.

Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) and Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority are the host sponsors of the summit, and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is the official carrier. Khalifa Al Mazrouei, chairman of ADAC, will address the conference, which will be chaired by Peter Harbison, executive chairman of Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA).
“ADAC is committed to facilitating dialogue between our most respected industry peers through our sponsorship,” said Al Mazrouei. “The fast-paced dynamic aviation sector offers many opportunities and challenges. This conference offers a chance for aviation professionals to share knowledge and experiences and develop industry-recognised best practice.”

Abu Dhabi international airport is currently undergoing a major Dh25 billion ($6.8 billion) redevelopment programme, spurred by the exponential increase in demand for airport facilities in Abu Dhabi. It includes a second runway, which opened in the final quarter of 2008, a third passenger terminal, a new cargo terminal due for completion in 2010, and the Midfield terminal complex, which is scheduled for completion in 2012.

Organised by Terrapinn, the leading business media company in coordination with CAPA, the summit has established itself as the region’s premier strategic forum for the aviation industry. It will consist of a high-level speaker program and an accompanying exhibition.

“The Middle East remains the key market for growth in the aviation industry, and one you need to be part of. It is where the future makers of Middle East aviation gather to discuss the shape of things to come,” said Hifazat Ahmad, general manager Terrapinn Middle East. “The economic diversification plans of regional governments has ensured focus on tourism development projects and attracting tourists to the region, helping fuel double digit aviation and tourism growth.

“Abu Dhabi is the best example of these diversification plans with its 2030 plan that looks at every aspect of the development of the emirate; economic, environmental and social. The impressive vision and amazing dynamism and speed at which Abu Dhabi is implementing its programmes makes it the perfect venue for this landmark event.”

Al Mazrouei concluded: “Abu Dhabi’s star as a world class centre for investment, tourism and commerce is rising. This is reflected in the passenger traffic figures - up by over 30 per in the last couple of years. In 2008 alone, we welcomed seven new airlines to Abu Dhabi International Airport, which increased the number of airlines operating out of Abu Dhabi airport to 41.

“With the wide ranging events and developments taking place in the Emirate, we expect demand to continue to increase. Our redevelopment programme is creating a world class facility that will provide capacity for today and the future. We look forward to sharing our experience with our peers at the conference.”    

Participants are expected to include government ministers and CEOs from the leading airlines, airports, investors, suppliers and tourism/property developers with an interest in the region. – TradeArabia News Centre

Tags: UAE | Etihad | Abu Dhabi airports | Asia Pacific Aviation | Middle East Aviation Outlook |

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