Arab News, Thursday, May 05, 2022 | Shawwal 04, 1443
Saudi Arabia to host Future Aviation Forum on May 9
With international air travel having
resumed post-pandemic, Saudi Arabia will host the inaugural Future Aviation
Forum on May 9.
The two-day event in Riyadh will unite leaders
from the public and business sectors with international CEOs and regulators, as
the aviation industry aims to resolve post-pandemic issues and shape future
international air travel.
The forum hosted by the General Authority of Civil
Aviation, also known as GACA, will feature more than 120 speakers, with over
2,000 attendees and representatives from various countries.
“The Future Aviation Forum will be a pivotal
moment for the global aviation sector,” said Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Saudi
Arabia’s minister of transport and logistics.
He added: “We will bring together the brightest
minds from around the world to forge solutions for how the sector can recover
from the Covid-19 pandemic, transform the passenger experience, and invest in
innovations that will lower carbon emissions and reduce environmental impact.”
Saudi Arabia is hosting the Future Aviation Forum
at a time when the Kingdom is planning to launch a new national airline to
complement its existing national carriers, Saudia, Flynas and Flyadeal.
The Kingdom also plans to build a major new
international airport in Riyadh, in addition to eight new regional airports.
Salvatore Sciacchitano, president of the
International Civil Aviation Organization, said: “I look forward to the coming
together of the industry’s top leaders in Riyadh at the Future Aviation Forum,
where we can collaborate to drive the ambition, innovation and policymaking
needed to ensure a promising future for the industry.”
GACA President Abdulaziz Al-Duailej noted that the
Future Aviation Forum will facilitate business deals and mobilize the investment
needed to propel the industry into the future.
“The Future Aviation Forum is an opportunity to
participate from the outset in Saudi Arabia’s rapid emergence as the Middle
East’s preeminent aviation hub.”