Qatar Airways announced yesterday that it will host the 78th International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit in Doha from June 19-21.
HE Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, said: "Qatar Airways is pleased to host the International Air Transport Association Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit, since we last hosted the event in 2014. We are a strong supporter of IATA and this years AGM is a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase our renowned Qatari hospitality, together with the new infrastructural developments in our country in preparation for the World Cup." He added that given that the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will be the first in the Middle East and Arab world, this is the perfect opportunity not only for Qatar, but also for the region as it will be demonstrate Qatar's ability to host mega events, and welcome visitors and football fans from around the world.
"Next week, Doha will be transformed into the global capital of air transport. Aviation leaders from around the world gather for the 78th IATA AGM amid a recovery from COVID-19 that is in full swing. Attendees will review progress on gender diversity and the industrys determination to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. And with high oil prices, war, and inflation the gathering will be an opportunity for airlines to take stock of the economic challenges ahead of them. The agenda will be full," IATAs Director General Willie Walsh said.
One of the key topics to be discussed during the event is around sustainability, focusing on steps the aviation industry will take collectively to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. It will also cover what the industry can do to support global efforts to reduce "Single Use Plastics", address the reputational challenges of carbon offsets and the production of sustainable and lower carbon aviation fuels, in order to deliver lasting and environmentally sound solutions.
The three-day conference will see some 240 IATA member airlines, consisting of more than 750 senior aviation industry delegates, as well as a contingent of over 150 international media, gather to discuss emerging industry issues and global trends that will shape the airline industry.
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