The announcement was made at the close of this year’s AGM in the South African city of Cape Town.
Over 700 aviation leaders drawn from airlines, aircraft manufacturers, engine manufacturers and airports have been in South Africa to discuss and debate key industry issues such as rising fuel prices, safety, environment and financial stability.
“On behalf of Qatar Airways and my country the State of Qatar, bringing the IATA AGM to our capital city of Doha next year for the first time is a great honour,” Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said.
“After a long 17-year gap, IATA is finally returning to the Middle East for their conference and I promise we won’t disappoint in their choice to bring this annual gathering of ours to my country. This is in recognition of the city and country fast emerging as a successful global aviation hub.”
IATA Director General and CEO Tony Tyler said: “Qatar will be a fantastic location for the 70th IATA AGM. It is at the heart of the fast-growing and dynamic Middle East region. The government understands the power of aviation to drive economic growth and development.