This year’s Arab Aviation Summit delved into the challenges surrounding sustainability, as well as rising opportunities for the region’s aviation sector.
Now in its seventh iteration, this year’s Arab Aviation Summit was inaugurated by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group. The summit was attended by more than 200 industry professionals from across 15 Arab nations.
Commenting on the summit, Adel Al Ali, Arab Aviation Summit chairperson and group chief executive officer of Air Arabia, said: “We gather every year to debate the ever changing state of the aviation industry and its complexities. Arab aviation is highly affected by the evolving geo-political situation, the global economy, technological developments and others.
“Our region is witnessing constant development and the theme for this year’s edition, ‘Time to Transform’, reflects this fact. Today, we address the sustainability of our industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces in the short and long term.”
Key topics discussed at this year’s event included the impact of rising taxes, on-ground infrastructure, air traffic management, as well as key shifts business models driven by evolving economic border, consumer demands and cost pressures.
Abdul Wahab Teffaha, secretary general, Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) said: “Developing the aviation industry, which contributes directly to economic growth, creates jobs and business opportunities in almost all sectors, is what makes it exciting. But this will not happen by protectionism or by blocking key players from global and regional markets.”
He added: “As we face many present day challenges including air traffic management, sky liberalisation, rising taxes and charges, secondary airports among others, we need to work together to bring more social and economic benefits to the Arab world.”
The 7th Arab Aviation Summit was hosted at the Roda Al Bustan Hotel in Dubai on the 6 December, 2017.