The country was looking forward to moving to Hamad International Airport this year said Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker.
He also pointed out hat safety remained the topmost priority of the aviation industry — airlines and airports.
All concerned parties must work collectively to ensure safety for the benefit of the industry, Al Baker said, opening the Second Aerodrome Certification Implementation Task Force meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s Middle East regional office.
The three-day event aimed to foster inter-governmental collaboration in the field of aerodrome certification and aviation safety.
It brought together operational and safety experts from Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and the UAE, as well as the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the US-based Federal Aviation Administration .
“EASA is leading by example of how effective multiple governments, together with the airport industry, can collectively put together their combined experience and expertise in the interest of enhancing aviation safety,” said Al Baker, who is also CEO of Doha International Airport.
Discussions and working papers centred on aerodrome certification requirements for airports in the region, and processes and implementation of the mandates, in addition to future work programmes. DIA and Qatar Civil Aviation Authority have jointly undertaken a very intense aerodrome certification process, and are preparing for the opening of Hamad International Airport this year.
Source : Qatar Chronicle
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