For the first time in its history, the International Air Transport Association will hold its next annual global summit in the Gulf.
Qatar to host Iata's next annual global summit
For the first time in its history, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) will hold its next annual global summit in the Gulf.
Qatar Airways will host the 70th Iata annual general meeting and World Air Transport Summit in Doha, capital of Qatar, it was announced yesterday.
The event will draw the top leadership of the air transport industry to Doha in the State of Qatar between 1 and 3 June 2014.
"Qatar is at the heart of the fast-growing and dynamic Middle East region. The government understands the power of aviation to drive economic growth and development. And the country's approach to aviation is a beacon for our industry.," said Tony Tyler, Iata's director and chief executive.
Iata's member airlines accepted the invitation of Qatar Airways to host the annual meeting in 2014 at the close of its 69th meeting in Cape Town, South Africa yesterday. The meeting attracted some 700 aviation leaders from among Iata's 240 member airlines as well as executives from the major aircraft manufacturers including Boeing and Airbus.
This will be the fourth time that the Iata summit will be hosted in the Middle East, with the previous meetings being held in Amman, Jordan in 1997, Tehran, Iran in 1970 and Cairo, Egypt in 1946.
James Hogan, president and chief executive of Etihad Airways welcomed the news as a great opportunity to showcase the Gulf's booming aviation industry.
"What is good for Doha, is good for the Gulf as a whole," he said. "It will bring the leadership of the airline industry here, and will allow us to show the world what we have achieved."
Qatar Airways has been an Iata member since 1997, and Qatar Airways chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, has served on the Iata Board of Governors since 2012.
"Bringing the Iata annual meeting to Doha is a great honor for the State of Qatar and for Qatar Airways," he said. "It is recognition of Qatar developing as a fast emerging and successful global aviation hub. We look forward to aviation industry leaders witnessing the new infrastructural developments in the country, especially the state-of-the-art facilities at Hamad International Airport, the world's newest airport gateway."