19 September 2022

IATA Conference to Discuss in Doha Wednesday Reshaping Airline Resilience after COVID-19


Doha, September 19 (QNA) - Qatar Airways said Monday that IATA World Financial Symposium (WFS) 2022 which will open in Doha Wednesday will focus on "Reshaping Airline Resilience", following the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hosting the biggest gathering of the aviation industrys financial leaders since before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, WFS 2022 follows the hugely successful the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the World Air Transport Summit (WATS) which were held in Doha in June. The AGM was most attended in the Middle East in history, Qatar Airways said in a press release.

As the industry comes out of the greatest financial shock on record, numbers indicate a rapid emergence from the pandemic following the removal of government-mandated travel restrictions over the past two years. Industry losses are expected to fall to $9.7 billion this year, improved from nearly $180 billion in losses over the previous two years (2020-21). As travel barriers fall in most regions, a recent surge in demand suggests a recovery to pre-COVID-19 traffic levels in 2024, with a possibility of reaching profit in 2023.

At the same time, airline debts have soared as carriers borrowed to stay afloat during the crisis. Finance departments across the industry will face major challenges as the goal to fly net zero by 2050 approaches.

HE Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker said: "We are honored to be hosting the first in-person World Financial Symposium since 2019, especially during our milestone year, celebrating 25 years of operations. This vital symposium will bring together financial leaders from airlines and from our many supply chain partners to discuss and debate the path forward and the challenges to be overcome." Willie Walsh, IATAs Director General, said, "We are excited to bring the World Financial Symposium to Doha for the first time. As the industry continues to recover, the role of finance in rebuilding balance sheets and supporting our sustainability agenda will take center stage in the important discussions taking place over the next few days." The WFS sessions will address ESG and sustainable finance trends; achieving carbon net zero by 2050; financial risk management; the road to airline retailing and customer centricity; fulfillment and settlement in a world of airline offers and orders; the future of airline payments and payments as a value creator; and understanding and preparing for OECD BEPS 2.0.

Earlier in June 2022, Qatar Airways hosted over 1,000 delegates and aviation leaders from across the globe at the industrys biggest annual event, the 78th International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit (WATS).



Economy, Qatar
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