The State of Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani today inaugurated the 70th International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit in Doha, Qatar.
The three-day conference being held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on June 1-3, is being hosted by Qatar Airways and has gathered more than 1,000 aviation industry delegates, as well as 200 international media.
The opening session was attended by a number of dignitaries and senior officials headed by His Excellency Abdullah bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chief of the Emiri Diwan; His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Prime Minister and Qatar’s Minister of Interior; His Excellency Mr. Ali Shareef Al Emadi, Minister of Finance; His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer; H.E. Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al-Thani, Minister of Municipality and Urban Planning; H.E. Mr. Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport; H.E. Sheikh Khaled bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Manager of His Highness’ Office; H.E. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates; H.E. Mr. Abdul Aziz Al Noaimi, Chairman Qatar Civil Aviation Authority; H.E. Mr. Issa Al Mohannadi, Chairman Qatar Tourism Authority; Tony Tyler, IATA Director General and Chief Executive Officer; Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); Jeh Johnson, US Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Ambassadors to the State of Qatar from the US, Japan, the UK, France and Algeria.
The IATA AGM serves as a central platform and meeting point for discussion on aviation-related issues as more than 230 airlines around the world are members of this esteemed association.