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Qatar Airways CEO delivers keynote address at Aviation Africa Summit & Exhibition

Posted 27 February 2019 · Add Comment

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, highlighted the need for a global repositioning of Africa’s aviation industry as well as the changing political approach to aviation in the region at the Aviation Africa Summit & Exhibition, taking place from 27-28 February in Kigali, Rwanda.

Speaking to an audience that included the President of the Republic of Rwanda, His Excellency Paul Kagame, as well as senior government ministers, aviation industry executives and guests of honour, H.E. Mr. Al Baker addressed the need for liberalisation of aviation regulations in Africa to bring improved connectivity to travellers, as well as significant benefits in trade, tourism and employment. H.E. Mr. Al Baker noted that although Africa makes up 16 per cent of the world’s population, it only captures approximately 3.1 per cent of the world’s air travellers.

Al Baker, said: “Now is the time to reconsider how Africa’s aviation market is positioned in order to maximise its full potential. Governments should leave behind protectionist approaches to regulating aviation and embrace liberalisation, because when such policies are adopted, countries benefit from improved connectivity and a positive impact on trade, tourism and employment.

“Qatar Airways’ vision is about freedom, collaboration and long-term sustainable investments in African infrastructure, human capital, and capacity-building. We strongly believe in Africa’s aviation potential, and we are ready to offer a solid and long-term partnership.”

Qatar Airways operates a Boeing B787 Dreamliner to Kigali, which features 22 Business Class seats and 232 seats in Economy Class.

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