The State of Qatar’s Emir and patron of this year’s 70th International Air Transport Association Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani today inaugurated the much-awaited global aviation conference in the capital Doha.
The three-day conference being held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on June 1st-3rd, is being hosted by Qatar Airways and has gathered more than 1,000 aviation industry delegates, as well as 200 international media.
His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani welcomed the IATA 70th AGM dignitaries who came from around the world to Qatar for discussion of aviation-related issues, highlighting the governments’ role in supporting and enforcing the aviation industry locally, regionally and globally.
His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani delivered his welcome note at the IATA AGM opening session, commenting: “Thanks to conferences like this today, airlines are able to commence their journey towards ultimate safety, optimise operational performance and spread awareness among key stakeholders on the importance of aviation in terms of long-term sustainability, with the ultimate goal of making our world feel like a small village.”
The IATA AGM serves as a central platform and meeting point for discussion on aviation-related issues as more than 230 airlines around the world are members of this esteemed association.
Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, prime minister, Qatar, also welcomed delegates to the destination.
He said: “We look to the air sector as an important economic catalyst for Qatar.
The sector is also an important user of skilled labour, as well as a tool for supporting the culture of communication and understanding between peoples.”
Khalifa Al Thani also reminded guests of the tremendous strides forward recently taken in the Qatari aviation sector, with the opening of Hamad International Airport.
Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, the prime minister of Qatar, addressed the opening of the IATA AGM in Doha
Qatar Airways chief executive, His Excellency Akbar Al Baker extended his warm gratitude to the Emir of the State of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani for inaugurating the conference.
“The selection of the city of Doha to host this reputable aviation event reflects the international confidence in Qatar’s continued success and ability to host various international events.
“The IATA AGM this year will definitely enhance the reputation and prominent stature achieved by the State of Qatar, thanks to the directives of the country’s leader His Highness The Emir,” said Al Baker.
Akbar Al Baker took centre stage in Doha
He added that the convening of the IATA AGM in Doha this year is particularly important given the fact that this year’s key agenda will be safety and air traffic management.
Qatar Airways, the country’s national airline has seen rapid growth in just 17 years of operation, to the point where today it is flying a modern fleet of 134 aircraft to 141 key business and leisure destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and South America.