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Qatar Airways Group chief executive addresses Global Aviation Summit in Mumbai

Posted 17 January 2019 · Add Comment

A Qatari delegation led by the Qatari Minister of Transport, Mr. Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, which also included the chairman of Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority, Abdullah bin Nasser Turki Al-Subaey and Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker attended the Global Aviation Summit, a two-day event taking place on 15-16 January in Mumbai, India.

 

Al Baker addressed key leaders of the aviation industry, including senior airline and airport executives as well as government officials and senior dignitaries in a panel discussion titled: ‘Airports of the Future and Building Great Aviation Business’. Alongside  Al Baker on the panel were key industry influencers, including director general of International Air Transport Association, Alexandre de Juniac and speakers from around the world of aviation.

The panel session focused on the need for development and modernisation of aviation infrastructure in India, as well as identifying financial opportunities by governments globally and introducing new policy innovation that can increase the financial sustainability of low-traffic airports. The panel discussed these challenges, as well as how to build great aviation businesses that meet customer expectations while still delivering return on investment.

Al Baker, said: “I am very pleased to be in India once again to be able to participate in this important panel discussion. India has become the fourth largest civil aviation market after the United States, China and Japan, and is a crucial market for Qatar Airways.

“With the Indian government planning to invest in developing more than 20 major airports and several smaller airports over the next five years, it’s a very exciting time for the aviation industry in India, and we look forward to discussing these topics this week in Mumbai.”

The Global Aviation Summit was organised by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) in collaboration with FICCI to discuss the future of the aviation industry, to identify growth areas and to better understand how technology-driven innovation will change air travel globally.

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