World Aviation Leaders Gather in Dubai for 80th IATA AGM and Summit

Dubai, June 4, 2024 – The 80th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit, hosted by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), commenced this week in Dubai, attracting prominent aviation figures and airline allies from around the globe. National Airlines, a leading U.S.-based carrier and IATA member, commended the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and its leadership for their adept handling of this significant international conference.

During the three-day event, top executives from various airlines, along with key strategic partners, engaged in discussions on a wide range of topics. These included decarbonization, sustainable development, and the growing importance of digital advancements in the aviation sector. The deliberations also paved the way for the formation of alliances aimed at driving change, fostering connectivity between communities, and strengthening global economies.

In his opening address at the AGM, Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, the UAE’s Minister of Economy, emphasized the Middle East’s pivotal role and leadership in propelling the aviation sector forward. He projected a future of extraordinary sustainable development throughout the region.

Christopher Alf, Chairman of National Airlines, who attended the AGM, expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to reconnect with industry counterparts and friends at the IATA convention. With National Airlines having a significant presence in Dubai, Alf considered it an ideal occasion to exchange ideas, engage in meaningful conversations, and share global airline experiences to inspire growth and unity in tackling industry challenges. He wholeheartedly congratulated the UAE, Dubai Government, and IATA for successfully hosting the historic 80th AGM.

Jacob Mathew, Board Member & President of Middle East & Pacific Regions of National Airlines, also expressed his delight at the success of the IATA convention. He noted that over the past decade, the UAE, particularly Dubai, has showcased remarkable growth models and success stories in various sectors, including aviation. Mathew regarded the IATA AGM in Dubai as a global testament to the country’s leadership role in promoting sustainable growth and envisioning a stronger aviation hub in the region.

The conference provided a platform for all attendees to engage in extensive dialogues on topics such as geopolitical and economic progress, the role of artificial intelligence in aviation, the evolution of supply chains, and the implementation of sustainable practices within the aviation and travel industries.