Qatar Airways is preparing to host the world’s
largest meeting of air freight industry executives, airline
officials and other stakeholders next month with the 7th World
Cargo Symposium coming to Doha.
Bringing together hundreds of
representatives from across the global cargo sector, this year’s
symposium organised annually by IATA, takes place in the Qatari capital between
12-14 March 2013.
The symposium will focus on actions for sustainability
and, in particular, the role of the Middle East in the burgeoning
air cargo industry.
Qatar Airways, the national airline of the
State of Qatar, is the host airline of the conference, while its
freight subsidiary Qatar Airways Cargo is the main sponsor.
Following the success of last year’s symposium held in the
Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer,
Akbar Al Baker, said he was delighted IATA decided to bring
its annual conference to Doha for the 2013 meeting.
fitting that our industry colleagues from across the global cargo
industry will descend on
Qatar, a country which will soon have a
brand new multi-billion dollar airport showcasing the best
facilities anywhere in the world,” he said. “The Doha forum
will be a great opportunity for debate, discussion and decisions.
We look forward to providing delegates with a glimpse of the new
Hamad International Airport, just weeks before it opens its doors
to the first airline customers. Cargo will play a pivotal role at
the new airport as purpose-built cargo facilities will soon be
ready for operations.”
The new cargo terminal at Hamad
International Airport will be
able to facilitate 1.4 million tonnes of freight each year.
Airways currently serves 41 dedicated freighter routes with seven
cargo aircraft to destinations within Qatar Airways’ global
operations, including those not served by scheduled passenger
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