Aviation industry leaders in Doha for big meeting
Doha, June 2, 2014
The top leadership of the air transport industry are in Doha for the IATA 70th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit which runs till June 3.
The IATA AGM is the highest level event in the airline industry with many of the association's 240 member airlines chief executives in attendance, along with the top management of industry partners and key government stakeholders.
This is only the fourth time that the IATA AGM is being held in the Middle East, following AGMs in Amman, Jordan (1997), Tehran, Iran (1970), and Cairo, Egypt (1946), reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.
Qatar Airways, a long-standing IATA member, is hosting the event. Its chief executive Akbar Al Baker has been serving on the IATA board of governors since 2012.
"The AGM is a big event for aviation in the Middle East, and particularly for the airlines based in the Gulf region," said IATA director general and chief executive Tony Tyler.
"These carriers, including Qatar Airways, have been at the core of a major shift in global aviation," he stated.
"In just over a decade, the share of global traffic accounted for by Middle East airlines grew from four per cent to nine per cent. Much of this growth has been realised here in the Gulf," remarked Tyler.
About 1,000 delegates and journalists are expected to attend the AGM over three days.
The programme includes a CEO Forum featuring JetBlue Airways chief executive David Barger, Cathay Pacific chief executive Ivan Chu, Aeromexico chief executive Andreas Conesa Labastida, and International Airlines Group chief executive Willie Walsh.-TradeArabia News Service