The total contribution of aviation towards Jordan's GDP, including the wider effects from investment and the supply chain was $2.1 billion in 2014 (6% of GDP) and is expected to more than double over the next 20 years, in line with forecast passenger growth. These are significant numbers for the country's economy!
IATA's AME RVP Hussein Dabbas talking about the aviation industry today
In order for the Hashemite Kingdom to realize its full economic potential, it is more important than ever that the country’s aviation stakeholders work together to enhance safety, efficiency and customer service.
There is also a need for cooperation and collaboration at a regional level. In light of the many emerging business realities facing the region, collaboration, cohesiveness and cooperation are more important than ever. All countries in the Middle East need to adopt a forward looking emphasis and work together to position aviation as a central component of the region’s long-term growth. This will ultimately enabling them to reap the economic benefits of the region’s unique geographic position.
It is predicted that the Middle East will require 3,180 new aircrafts over the next 20 years. Their arrival will further exacerbate the very real issue of airspace congestion. It will put more pressure on the region to align with the global industry strategy for reducing aviation’s CO2 emissions. It will further drive the development of innovative solutions to ensure the extra 9 million passenger forecast to travel in the region over the next 20 years are catered for.
The IATA team for Levant region were the event organizers from left to right: Mohammad Apesh, Fatin Awwad and Murad Alkhatib
Over 120 people attended the aviation day which included participation from senior government and industry leaders including the Minister of Tourism, Nayef Al Fayez and the Secretary General of the Ministry of Tourism, Issa Gamouh, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Transport, Omar Gharaybeh.
Four key challenges the Middle East needs to address:
Reducing airspace congestion
The region needs to urgently adopt a vision for seamless airspace management and start working together to make it happen. Aviation in the Middle East supports 2 million jobs and $116 billion in GDP. Over the next 20 years, air traffic in the region is predicted to grow at an average 6.3% per annum, support 4.4 million jobs and generate almost $350 billion in GDP. However this will only be possible if growth is not constrained by airspace issues. The flexibility of the region’s airspace must be improved if air traffic management is to match growth on the ground. States must commit to making this happen and support all initiatives such as the Middle East ATM Enhancement Program (MAEP) designed to coordinate policy and facilitate operational and technological change.
Innovation Travel Solutions
The region has shown real global leadership on both its commitment to adopting the latest technology and improving passengers’ experience through its adoption of many of IATA’s Fast Travel initiatives such as self-service check in and flight re-booking. We urge the region to continue to work to implement innovative travel solutions. This will not only benefit passengers who will enjoy a more seamless travel experience but also airlines who will enjoy a healthier bottom line.
IATA’s 2015 Industry Safety Report shows that the industry has a safer year overall. However challenges still remain specifically in Africa and the Middle East. IATA calls on the government in the region to accelerate the implementation of ICAO’s safety-related standards and recommended practices (SARPS), according to the Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program (USOAP).
IATA called on the support of governments in the region for the adoption and implementation of a global market-based measure (MBM), to help the aviation industry achieve carbon-neutral growth from 2020.