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AACO/IATA MENA Aeropolitical Forum

From 26 to 26 March 2019
Location: Beirut - Lebanon

The Arab Air Carriers' Organization (AACO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) are organizing a joint Aeropolitical Forum, kindly hosted by Middle East Airlines, set to take place in Beirut on March 26, 2019.


OBJECTIVE: The forum will be dedicated to discussing regulatory issues with the objective of Maintaining the Competitive Position of the MENA Air Transport Market in a Rapidly Changing World


DATE & VENUE: The forum will be held in Beirut on 26 March 2019 at Middle East Airlines’ Training Center, Beirut, Airport Road, next to MEA Head Offices.



  • Aeropolitical, government affairs, legal and commercial executives from member airlines and partner airlines
  • Air transport experts from Arab civil aviation authorities
  • Relevant industry partners including aviation consultants
  • Regional and international organizations






Session 1: Welcome Remarks and Setting the Scene

Welcome Remarks by: Chairman & Director General, Middle East Airlines, Mr. Mohamad Al-Hout

State of Air Transport by: AACO Secretary General, Mr. Abdul Wahab Teffaha

IATA Economic Forecast & Industry Outlook by: IATA Regional Vice President AME – Mr. Muhammad Albakri


Coffee Networking Break


Session 2: Insights into the current Global Air Transport Regulatory Environment

  • Improving the regulatory framework to facilitate an effective and prosperous aviation industry – Presentation
    • Leading Regulatory Practices learned from other Industries
    • Smart Regulatory Approach and Methodologies
  • Global Regulatory Trends &Developments in Air Transport
    • Briefing on Aero political developments in key aviation markets – Presentation
    • Highlights of what to expect at the upcoming 40th ICAO Assembly – Presentation


Lunch Hosted by Middle East Airlines


Tour of the Middle East Airlines’ Conference & Training Center


Session 3: Competitiveness of the MENA Air Transport Industry - Roadmap for Cost Efficiency - Panel Discussion

  • How does the MENA Region compare amongst Global Developments
  • How to achieve a Balanced Regulatory Approach and Oversight towards Air Transport in MENA
  • How do we envision connectivity between MENA and the rest of the world?
  • How do we see connectivity evolving within MENA?
  • What is a competitive Consumer Protection approach?
  • How can airlines position themselves to be engaged on user charges?
  • How to reduce the impact of taxation on air transport?


Closing Remarks: Key Messages and The Way Forward



HOTEL: We have negotiated special room rates at the Gefinor Rotana Hotel for delegates wishing to stay at the hotel. Kindly click the reservation form to book your accommodation.

Please be advised that the number of blocked rooms at the hotel is limited and will be available on a first come first served basis. Blocked rooms will be released on 12 March 2019. Following that date, reservations will be subject to availability.

TRANSPORTATION: Middle East Airlines is arranging transportation for all delegates from the Gefinor Rotana Hotel to the Training Center and back. Transportation will be arranged to and from the Gefinor only.



Please confirm your attendance to iad@aaco.org , ElAsadyI@iata.org and mismarf@iata.org .


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