Because of the ongoing COVID-19 travel restrictions in China, the International Air Transport Association has moved its annual convention to Qatar.
The IATA Annual General Meeting, which brings together top executives from airlines around the world, was scheduled to take place in Shanghai from June 19 to 21, 2022, and China Eastern Airlines (CIAH) was set to host it (CEA).
However, because China continues to impose stringent entrance restrictions on visitors, IATA has opted to hold its 78th Annual General Meeting in Doha.
The meeting will take place on the same dates as before. In 2014, Qatar Airways hosted the IATA AGM for the first time in Doha.
“It is deeply disappointing that we are not able to meet in Shanghai as planned,” commented IATA Director General Willie Walsh in a statement on March 25, 2022. “In the meantime, we are pleased to be returning to the dynamic aviation hub of Doha and the warm hospitality for which Qatar Airways, our host airline, has become famous.”
COVID-19 recovery, high fuel prices, initiatives to make flying more environmentally friendly, as well as safety and the crisis in Ukraine will all be discussed at the AGM. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) will also present revised financial predictions for the global airline industry.
“This year’s AGM will be an important opportunity for aviation’s leaders to reflect on the shifting political, economic, and technological realities facing air travel as the industry’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic gathers pace,” added Walsh.