World Financial Symposium

Doha , Qatar
19 - 22 September

Reshape Airline Resilience 

After two years, IATA World Financial Symposium is back with a full agenda.

Our industry has faced unprecedented pressure, the pandemic disrupted our operations like no crisis before. As travel starts picking up and showing signs of recovery, challenges remain and must be addressed for our future and financial sustainability.

Throughout the crisis, airlines have demonstrated resilience and ability to adapt to volatile times. As the path to recovery lies ahead, our commitment to sustainability is immutable. Our goal - Fly Net Zero - to achieve net zero carbon by 2050, will require an industry wide and collaborative effort. As part of this effort, CFOs will have a key role to play.

In this edition, we will dive into topics that are strategic to our financial sustainability as well as, our sustainability as an industry. From securing future financing in a landscape that is less favorable, to gaining agility through retail and financial  digital transformation.

> View WFS Synopsis (pdf) 

Sponsorship/Exhibition Contact


Please Contact: 
Gaëlle Charluet-Roy
Sales Manager, Sponsorship & Exhibition - Events



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As the first Middle Eastern country to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022, Qatar also has a number of purpose-built stadiums which draw inspiration from our culture, showing the unique blend of modern and traditional. Delegates can explore cultural treasures at the National Museum of Qatar and the Museum of Islamic Art, take in the majesty of the desert on a desert safari and a traditional luxury desert camp, or wander through the alleyways of the central market, Souq Waqif.

Qatar is an up-and-coming global destination and drives curiosity
amongst potential visitors for several reasons:

Second highest GDP per capita in the World, and the highest in
the Middle East as per IMF World Economic Outlook 2019.

One of the sunniest countries in the world with the winter
season particularly pleasant >Weather in Doha 

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Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

World Financial Symposium will take place at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel 
Set in a high-rise, this luxurious 5-star hotel in central Doha features panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf. It has direct access to a private beach, 9 dining outlets and a temperature-controlled swimming pool.
The rooms at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort are decorated in warm colors. They feature a balcony with views of the gardens or the sea. In-room amenities include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a tea/coffee maker.


The Sheraton Grand Doha Resort’s 9 restaurants offer Middle Eastern, Italian and Asian specialties as well as themed buffets and beachfront dining. The hotel’s rooftop restaurant offers Arabic cuisine and scenic views.


Visa Requirements: The IATA TravelCentre provides passport, visa, health advice, and much more.
> Visit the IATA TravelCentre

WFS 2021 

This special virtual edition of WFS took place on 19 - 20 October 2021. WFS21 tackled various financial and connected topics that drill down on how we can overcome the challenges and seize the opportunities to build the airline finance for the future.

> Watch all WFS21 sessions on video


Day 1 - 19 October


  • Opening Plenary Sessions
  • Specialized Tracks: Enhanced Distribution & Payment | Taxes, Fees and Charges

Day 2 - 20 October


  • Specialized Tracks: Future of Sustainability & Finance | Financial Risk Management
  • Specialized Tracks: Cost Management & Optimization | Airline Financing, ESG & Reporting
  • Closing Address  

WFS 2019 

WFS 2019 highlights

WFS 2019 highlights video


Our Diversity & Inclusion Pledge

IATA believes that diversity of culture, gender, age, orientation and experience boosts the success of the aviation industry. We actively encourage aviation professionals with diverse profiles to contribute to our events as speakers, panelists, facilitators, or in any other way.

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