Saudi Arabia launches a global policy to accelerate the recovery of "aviation"

Under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Minister of Transport and Logistics, Engineer Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, inaugurated yesterday the work of the “Future of Aviation Conference” organized by the General Authority of Civil Aviation over a period of three days, at the King Abdulaziz International Conference Center in Riyadh.

At the conference, the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation announced the launch of the Harmonious Air Travel Policy, a framework that aims to make international travel simpler, easier and more enjoyable by removing the confusion associated with travel requirements, which prevents millions of people from booking flights.

The proposed framework aims; Designed in cooperation with the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), it aims to eliminate confusion related to international travel among passengers, airlines and government agencies by creating a single digital source that provides the latest information and developments clearly and transparently and sets entry requirements for all participating countries.

The harmonious air travel policy will be presented to the General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization; With a view to obtaining approval from member states in October of this year.

The President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation, Abdulaziz Al-Duailej, said: “The pandemic has revealed the extent of the separation and the lack of coordination between countries at the global level, as our research shows that many people chose not to travel in 2021, and even do not intend to travel in 2022; Because of the confusing health requirements when traveling from one country to another, we are pleased to launch the Harmonious Air Travel Policy, a proposed framework that will unify the aviation sector, enhance its stability and enable it to overcome future health crises.”

He added, “Aviation is the lifeblood of the global economy, and we must work to protect it from future turmoil. The policy of harmonious air travel shows the size of the leadership role Saudi Arabia plays to ensure the sector’s prosperity in the coming years.”

The proposed policy will create a harmonized international reporting mechanism for health crises using specially designed digital communication tools, as well as global governance and coordination processes, and a system that will facilitate global compliance, such as the adoption of a globally recognized digital health certificate.

As a result, travelers will be able to access the instructions and requirements needed to move to their destinations easily, as the global platform will be able to integrate all the communication systems of international aviation and health crises between governments.

Saudi Arabia aims to become the most prominent aviation center in the Middle East, and the transport and logistics sector in it is witnessing rapid development. As one of the main pillars of the Vision 2030 economic transformation plan, the Kingdom aims to invest 356 billion riyals in the aviation sector by 2030.

It is noteworthy that the conference witnessed the launch of the White Paper on Harmonious Air Travel Policy, and the conference will witness the signing of more than 50 agreements and memoranda of understanding, as well as the launch of a number of important policies and strategies for the civil aviation sector, and the signing of a large number of partnerships between both government and private sectors.

The number of countries participating in the conference reached 60, while the number of participants reached 2000 participants and more than 4000 registered in the conference activities.

The Conference on the Future of Aviation focuses on three main axes: “Innovation, growth and sustainability as key and influential axes in the civil aviation industry.”

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