IATA to establish its regional headquarters in Saudi Arabia

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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The General Authority of Civil Aviation in Saudi Arabia has inked an agreement with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to establish a regional office in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in the country.

The agreement was signed by Mr. Abdul Aziz Ardu Airei, President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) and Mr. Camel Hassan Al Awadi, Vice President of IATA in Africa and the Middle East, at GACA’s headquarters in Riyadh.

GACA’s President wished IATA success and stressed the importance of strengthening effective cooperation between international and regional organizations in the civil aviation industry in order to promote the field’s interests at both international and regional level.

The signing of this agreement not only lines up with the Kingdom’s interest in supporting and promoting the role of regional and international civil aviation organizations, but it also contributes to the its notable efforts to empower organizations based in the country by providing various forms of support to assist them in their role of contributing to the development in the field of air transportation.

“The presence of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) regional office in the Kingdom will enhance the provision of necessary support for air transport companies in the Kingdom and the region by providing consultations and training courses, as well as providing data and information related to international air transport to the Kingdom’s civil aviation industry,” the authority said in a statement.

IATA works to help countries develop a safe, secure, and profitable air transport industry that sustainably connects and enriches the world by increasing growth rates of international trade, finding solutions to air transport issues, and serving as a means for companies and the aviation industry to collaborate, including the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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