Qatar Airways is looking forward to hosting aviation industry leaders from across the globe next month following the announcement of the speaker line-up for the inaugural CAPA Qatar Aviation, Aeropolitical and Regulatory Summit, which will be held in Doha on 5 – 6 February.

The high-level forum, the first aeropolitical event of its kind to be held in the Middle East, will feature over 35 expert speakers from across the airline, legal and government sectors. They will discuss the latest developments in international aviation regulation, both within the Gulf region and the world. Senior decision-makers from across the international aviation industry are set to attend the two-day event, which will also include a gala dinner, to be hosted by Qatar Airways.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar Al Baker, said they are delighted to see such a wealth of industry experts lined-up for the inaugural summit

We look forward to welcoming them to Doha and to engaging in some meaningful discussion on the issues and challenges faced by the global industry, as well as developments in aircraft technology and airspace capacity.’

International industry speakers who are set to present during the summit include IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac; European Commission Director General for Mobility and Transport Henrik Hololei; US Department of Transportation Director for Office of International Aviation Brian Hedberg; FedEx Express Senior Vice President and General Counsel Rush O’Keefe; Malaysian Aviation Commission Director of Aviation Development Germal Singh Khera; JetBlue Airways Senior Vice President Government Affairs and General Counsel Robert Land; and African Airlines Association Secretary General Abderahmane Berthe. HE  Akbar Al Baker is also among the key speakers of the summit.

CAPA Qatar Summit 2019According to CAPA Executive Chairman Peter Harbison, for an industry as global as the airline business, it seems impossible that there could be major constraints on international cooperation and national ownership. He said that there is a growing belief in the airline industry that the 70-year-old provisions restricting foreign ownership and control of airlines are archaic and should be significantly liberalised – or abolished.

Whether that can happen depends on establishing a powerful case for a new system. Bringing together the industry’s leaders under one roof to discuss these issues is one step in that direction.’

The CAPA Centre for Aviation is among the world’s most trusted sources of market intelligence for the aviation and travel industry, with a global network of researchers and analysts located across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. Established in 1990, it hosts a series of global summit events in key markets throughout the year, offering valuable networking opportunities and in-depth insight on issues and trends that are shaping the global airline industry.

Registration to the CAPA summit in Qatar is still ongoing and delegates can register through this link.

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