IATA will shift its 67th annual general meeting from Cairo to Singapore in the wake of political upheaval in the Middle East country.
Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s director general and CEO, said: “We regret not being able to host this event in Egypt as originally planned. We look forward to hosting a future AGM in Egypt when its political transition is complete.”
Taking place from June 5 to 7, the aviation industry’s premiere executive event will attract about 800 delegates, including some 150 to 200 CEOs from airlines, manufacturers, airports and other industry partners.
This will be the second time that Singapore will host the IATA AGM. The last time the event was held in Singapore was in 2004, when the industry decided to move to 100 per cent e-ticketing globally.
This year’s AGM will take place as the industry continues its recovery from the global financial crisis. The meeting’s agenda will comprise major topics facing air transport today, such as the drive for better environmental performance, the impact of rising fuel prices on weak industry profitability and efficiency gains through technology.
One highlight of this year’s event will be a long-term look at aviation’s future, with the presentation of the results of IATA’s Vision 2050 initiative.