The Future Aviation Forum inaugurated in Riyadh

Riyadh — Under the high patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Minister of Transport and Logistics Services Eng. Saleh Al-Jasser on Monday inaugurated the Future Aviation Forum, organized by the General Civil Aviation Authority over three days at the King Abdulaziz International Conference Center in Riyadh.

The forum is considered a qualitative and unique international event in the civil aviation sector to provide an opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas and discuss best experiences and practices in resource and capability development.

The event will see the signing of more than 50 agreements and memorandums of understanding, in addition to the launch of several important policies and strategies for the civil aviation sector and the signing of a large number of partnerships between public sectors. and private.

A total of 60 countries are participating in the forum with over 2,000 participants and over 4,000 people who have registered for forum events.

The forum focuses on three main aspects of innovation, growth and sustainability, which are the main and effective aspects of the civil aviation sector.

Eng. Al-Jasser, during his opening speech, pointed out that Saudi Arabia seeks to increase its investments in the transport and logistics sector by more than 100 billion dollars, transport 300 million passengers and five million tons of cargo and connect to 250 destinations worldwide by the end of the current decade.

He added that there are plans to launch airlines offering the best services among global airlines and to develop airport facilities through two headquarters based in Riyadh and Jeddah.

The Minister noted that there are many opportunities for the private sector to achieve our ambitions, pointing out that the Ministry has transformed more than 25 airports into holding companies to be ready for privatization, in addition to approving hundreds of applications for planes and to open up new destinations. for several countries.

Through a visual presentation, the Minister reviewed the air services and openness of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the world and reviewed the promising opportunities for the international aviation sector, where the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is connected to 250 global destinations with three times the number of passengers and five times the volume of cargo, expressing the hope that Saudi Arabia will become number one in the Middle East by 2030.

For his part, the Chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Duailej, stressed that Saudi Arabia considers that it is time to put a limit to the economic difficulties facing the international aviation sector.

In his address, he reiterated the importance of working together to deal with future crises, noting that the only way to achieve this is through ongoing cooperation that can enable us to collectively respond to any future outbreaks and their impacts on our businesses.

The President noted that the global economy depends on itself in the international and local aviation industry, adding that the industry, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, offered $1 trillion in economic activity.

He also pointed out that the authority, in cooperation with leading industrial authorities around the world, is seeking to achieve the smooth air transport policy necessary for the operation of the industry in times of future health emergencies in various areas, including: coordination reporting systems for all countries; establish best-in-class digital communication systems to enable all air operators and governments to effectively communicate in real time on issues related to evolving health emergencies; put in place appropriate global administration and coordination systems that can allow for flexibility if needed; and ensuring that health compliance mechanisms are in place.

Al-Duailej noted that the harmonious air travel policy will grant our industries and passengers the decisive ability to grow, and it is a policy that will save our industries billions of dollars in future crises, emphasizing that Saudi Arabia is very proud of the work that has been achieved during the preparation of the policy, which embodies our commitment and enthusiasm to play a leading role in the future development of our industries.

The first day’s sessions saw the participation of Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, Minister of Energy; Prince Turki Bin Talal, governor of the Asir region; several high officials and transport ministers, heads of civil aviation authorities and ambassadors from Arab and non-Arab countries. — SPA

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