The Commercial Charter Carrier in Abu Dhabi workshop organized in Al Bateen Executive Airport, by Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development and Department of Transport, on the sidelines of the recently concluded Abu Dhabi Air Expo 2013, recommended the formation A Joint Committee from the Department of Transport and the operators of charter carriers, to list all obstacles in order to resolve them with concerned departments and coordinate with the General Civil Aviation Authority in all matters relating to the difficulties and constraints that face charter carriers in Abu Dhabi.H.E Rashid Ali Al Zaabi, Acting Executive Director of Planning and Statistics said that the workshop discussed the obstacles which face private charter carriers in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, to enable them grow, develop and operate in the best environment, the workshop reviewed a number of proposals and recommended to develop of the aviation market in the emirate.Rashid noted that the importance of this workshop arises from the role played by the civil aviation sector in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the UAE in General, as one of the engines of future growth identified by the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 for the diversification of the productive base, and achieving sustainable development, adding that interest in the sector is not an end but a means of expediting economic and social progress, especially in the aviation and tourism are among the main strategic components of economic diversification of the Emirate.Al Zaabi said that the UAE plays a leading role in the commercial charter carriers market at the regional and international levels, the UAE is one of the most attractive markets in the Middle East, attracting many local, regional and global companies who prefer to set branches in the State, which offers a secure economic environment and robust infrastructure. The geographic location makes the UAE's an important link between the East and the West, and it turned into a destination for airlines and charter carriers, and base for business travels, as evidenced by the busy air traffic to and from the State.According to unpublished study for Oxford Group, the air transport sector revenue in U.A.E. marked AED 61.3 billion in 2009, representing 6.2% of GDP during the same year. The sector also provided 224 000 direct and indirect jobs, according to the figures of the same year.
The Commercial Charter Carrier in Abu Dhabi, was opened with a speech delivered by H.E. Mohamed Bin Hareb Al Yousef, Executive Director of the Department of Transport – who said that the workshop aimed at helping commercial charter carriers in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to overcome the constraints they face, stressing the desire of the government of Abu Dhabi to support the aviation sector in order to increase its contribution to economic development in Abu Dhabi.Al Yousef said that charter carriers constitute one of the main focus areas for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to develop and support within the transport sector, together with railway, sea and land transport. He emphasized that the government provides infrastructure for aviation sector including the expansion of airports and aviation-related industries. Al Yousef said that Abu Dhabi has allocated Al Bateen Executive Airport for commercial charter carriers, to help the keep pace with the rapid movement of trade and investment in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, believing in their key role and its contribution to economic development, stressing that the Government strives to organize aviation business, and ensure competition and world-class service according to international standards.In turn, Mr. Khalid Mubarak Bousaied, Acting Head of Economic Studies Section of the Department of Economic Development, delivered a speech in which he thanked the Department of Transport for organizing the workshop, and the representatives of commercial charter carriers operating in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, for their participation. Bousaied stressed the importance of the role of the growing transport sector, which witnesses great development during the current phase, and emphasized that the Dhabi Department of Economic Development role is to development economic sectors and activities; and hence its participation in the workshop is aimed at overcoming the obstacles facing the commercial charter carriers operating in Abu Dhabi; and that the workshop recommendations will be submitted to decision-makers.
The Department of Transport consultants Mr., Tony Normans and Mr. John Paul Simpson, gave two presentations highlighting the economic importance of commercial charter, and the commercial charter operations, focusing on regulations, operating requirements, infrastructure, facilities, services according to international standards, the need for operators to comply with high-level service agreements, monitoring performance standards, and addressing any deficiencies in facilities and airports. Participants in the workshop stressed the need to closely cooperate with partners in the aviation industry to ensure the growth of operational capacity, to meet future needs in the short and long term, and the need to continuously create opportunities. Joint efforts will be coordinated with the General Civil Aviation Authority and Abu Dhabi Airports Company. The participating representatives of charter during the discussion indicated many of the obstacles they face, most importantly the need for infrastructure development and the lack of more parking slots for commercial aircraft in Al Bateen airport, explaining the importance of developing consistent standards to determine the nature of competition between domestic and foreign firms and the need to avoid the shortage of qualified staff.Representatives of commercial charter carriers the commended regulations for the transport business as good but said they tended to be more commercial without the corresponding facilities, shedding light on the importance of the review of licensing procedures and residence permits for pilots, technicians and the question of timing related to company operations, and the need to classify job titles and functions to address the needs and requirements of commercial charter carriers.