Abu Dhabi to host IATA Slot Conference 2014

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  • Conference underscores Abu Dhabi’s emergence as an international aviation hub.
  • Global airline industry meet with over 1000 delegates attending the event.
  • Over 200 airlines, with representatives of over 60 schedule-facilitated or fully coordinated airports participating.
  • Conference goal is for airlines and airports to obtain the slots that will allow the optimal schedule for their customers.
  • Conference will have a direct economic impact of AED4.8 million ($1.3 million) to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

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Abu Dhabi is to host the IATA Slot Conference, a voluntary assembly of both IATA and non-IATA airlines, for one of the largest gatherings in the International Airport Transport Association’s (IATA) calendar. The biannual conference will be held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, ADNEC, in June next year. With over 200 airlines and representatives of over 60 schedule-facilitated or fully coordinated airports, the conference goal is for airlines and airports to obtain the slots that will give them the best possible schedule to offer their customers.

Peter Stanton; “IATA is delighted to confirm that the International Convention Centre in Abu Dhabi will host the 134th IATA Slots Conference in June 2014. Over 1,000 delegates are expected to attend this twice-yearly event, which sees the global airline industry come together to optimise their winter 2014 schedules.” Peter Stanton, Head, Worldwide Airport Slots

The conference is organised by WorldTEK Event & Travel Management. It is being hosted in Abu Dhabi by Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, the single source business events catalyst of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi). They estimated the conference will deliver a direct economic impact of AED4.8 million ($1.3 million) to the Emirate.

Tony Douglas; “This gathering will bring many of the UAE capital’s key aviation partners, and potential partners, to a destination which has emerged as an international aviation hub, showcasing its merits as a key enabler in driving air transport connectivity between the region and the world.

Abu Dhabi Airports Company is eager to use this opportunity to introduce delegates to the huge investment being made by Abu Dhabi into its aviation infrastructure and to develop stronger working relationships with key stakeholders and strategic partners who play a crucial role in bringing Abu Dhabi’s vision for air transport to life.” — Tony Douglas, CEO of ADAC

Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau is supporting the conference under its Advantage Abu Dhabi business events incentive programme, which is seen as central to its campaign to be listed by the International Conventions and Congresses Association (ICCA) among the Top 50 association meetings destinations within the next five years. In 2012, Abu Dhabi city made it to the Top 100 of ICCA’s rankings.

Jassem Al Darmaki; “The business events sector is delivering significant guest nights and economic benefits to the emirate with the Convention Bureau having sealed five major conventions in as many months with more in the pipeline.” — Jassem Al Darmaki, Deputy Director General, TCA Abu Dhabi

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