Under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Global Aviation Summit 2019, organized by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), kicked off at Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh Monday in the presence of 15 Ministers of Transport and 140 Presidents and General Directors of Civil Aviation Authorities, in addition to high level government representatives, and experts in international and regional organizations.
In his speech on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the Saudi Minister of Transport and Chairman of the Board of Directors of General Authority for Civil Aviation, Dr. Nabil bin Mohammed Al Amoudi welcomed and thanked the attendees for participating in the conference, which the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is proud to host and organize in cooperation with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
He added that the Royal patronage of this conference came from the belief of the importance of air transport industry at the global level, in addition to the confidence of our leadership that the success of this industry can be achieved only with close cooperation between the countries of the world and air transport industry bodies, primarily the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
For his part, the President of the International Council Aviation Organization (ICAO), Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu expressed his thanks and appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for his patronage of this conference, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting Regional Safety Oversight Organization for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA-RSOO) and providing it with all technical and financial support, indicating that this cooperation will contribute to assisting Member States to achieve their objectives in the light of the safety of global aviation and the Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP).
After that, the attendees watched a visual presentation that reviewed the executive regulations of the General Authority for Civil Aviation (151-68) concerning the licensing of land service providers and operators in the Kingdom's airports, where it issued 16 operating licenses.
Three air service agreements were signed between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Cyprus, the Republic of Chad and Georgia.
Following that, the Minister of Transport inaugurated an exhibition accompanying the conference, which includes the pavilions of airlines and air transport services.
It was also signed with Argentina an air service agreement minutes.
The Summit concluded on Tuesday 02 April 2019.