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Posted On: 3 February 2010 01:52 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Arab region sees air traffic rise 11.5pc

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With an ever increasing air traffic in the Arab world considered as the highest worldwide, aviation officials from the 12 Arab countries gathered here yesterday to upgrade their knowledge on the aviation law with a three-day course at the Grand Regency Hotel. Organised by the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) in coordination with Arab Air Carriers Organisation, the training course is being participated by some 32 judicial officers from across the Gulf for them to learn more about new regulations and understand its legal context in both domestic and international laws in the aviation industry. Organisers have found the necessity for these officers to be abreast with aviation laws considering that their industry remain robust amid the global economic crisis last year with the still growing traffic from major airline companies not only in the region but globally. “There is an average increase of 11.5 percent of air traffic from, to and within the Arab countries that judicial officers should be more aware of the new regulations of the industry,” said Ahmed Rihan, Executive Director of Arab Air Carriers Organisation. The participants would be updated with different course contents including sovereignty and territory both in domestic and international law; provision, assignment and procedures, authorities and empowerment, violation report and enforcement order, investigation, evidences, testimony, power of aircraft commander, aviation criminal law in international and domestic law and general provisions and ethics. Ibrahim Abd Elqadir Aljanahy, QCAA Air Safety Director, said the training course is one of the seven courses during the last period to let them learn the changing experiences of the industry and part of the training investments on human resources. “The course would benefit you and your experiences in the aviation sector,” Aljanahy told participants and important guests during the opening programme yesterday. Rihan said the training is indeed important since the aviation industry have significantly increase with more new airline companies operating in the region aside from the 25 established industry players in the region. “Our mission here is to promote cooperation among our members,” Rihan told The Peninsula in the sidelines after the opening programme. He said the airline industry in the region maybe affected by global financial crunch but remain resilient in dealing with such challenges. He cited the five major destinations in the Middle East such as Dubai, Jeddah, Doha, Cairo and Riyadh have maintained and even continue to draw more travelers from within and outside the region.