This week, a Qatari delegation led by Qatari Minister of Transport, HE Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti; chairman, Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority, HE Abdullah bin Nasser Turki Al-Subaey; and chief executive, Qatar Airways Group, HE Akbar Al Baker attended the Global Aviation Summit in Mumbai, India.
During the event, Al Baker took part in a panel discussion etitled ‘Airports of the Future and Building Great Aviation Business’. He was joined by key industry influencers, such as director general, IATA, Alexandre de Juniac, as well as other international aviation industry speakers.
The panel session communicated the need for development and modernisation of aviation infrastructure in India and discussed financial opportunities offered by governments globally. It also investigated new policy innovations that could potentially boost the financial sustainability of low-traffic airports, and touched upon how to build great aviation businesses that meet customer expectations while still being profitable.
Al Baker commented on the occasion: “I am very pleased to be in India once again to be able to participate in this important panel discussion. India has become the fourth largest civil aviation market after the US, China and Japan, and is a crucial market for Qatar Airways.
“With the Indian government planning to invest in developing more than 20 major airports and several smaller airports over the next five years, it’s a very exciting time for the aviation industry in India, and we look forward to discussing these topics this week in Mumbai,” he added.
Organised by the Airports Authority of India and the Ministry of Civil Aviation, in partnership with FICCI, the Global Aviation Summit is the perfect platform to discuss future of the aviation industry, identify growth areas and better understand how technology-driven innovation will change air travel around the world.