Minister of Transport Attends Signing Ceremony of a Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement with EU

The State of Qatar and the European Union (EU) initialed a comprehensive air transport agreement at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on Monday.

Under the agreement, which is the first of its kind ever between the EU and a Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) member state, the agreement allows for open airspace between Qatar and all the EU member states with unlimited access to their respective territories, in addition to daily shipment flights between the two sides.

The signing ceremony was attended by HE Mr. Jassim Bin Saif Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications and HE Mr. Gerki Katainen, Vice President of the European Commission. The agreement was initialed by HE Mr. Abdullah Bin Nasser Turki Al Subaie, Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Chairman, and HE Carlos Acosta, Head of Unit, International Transport Affairs, Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport in the European Commission, in the presence of HE Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Chief Executive Officer of the Qatar Airways Group, and HE Mr. Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammed Al Khulaifi, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Belgium.

HE Al Sulaiti said that this agreement, which reflects the EU’s trust in Qatar’s potentials, will allow for the liberalization of the fundamental mobility rights between Qatar and EU markets � one of the oldest and largest in the world in the realm of air transport, this will contribute to increasing the mobility, tourism and trade exchange between Doha and EU capital cities, widening the partnership with EU countries and developing our national carrier’s network, thus supporting economic growth across all sectors.

He added that this agreement is a completion to the pivotal role the State of Qatar has been playing in developing the global air transport industry and also boosts Qatar’s ranking as one of the leading countries in the region in air transport, and recognizes the key role our civil aviation bodies play and their compliance with global standards, as well as the role of Qatar Airways, which is widely recognized as one of the best carriers in the world and the best in terms of efficiency and quality, while consistently reporting the highest growth rates regionally and universally.

Source: Government of Qatar