February 05-06, 2020
Doha, United Arab Emirates
As the first Aeropolitical gathering of its kind in the Middle East, the inaugural CAPA Qatar Aviation Aeropolitical and Regulatory Summit in February 2019 was a sell-out and resounding success. The Summit concluded with the agreement of the ‘Doha Declaration,’ a manifesto that called for a political re-commitment to the principles of liberalisation to foster a more flexible regulatory framework for international air transport. The Summit returns in 2020 to continue this critical discussion surrounding open skies, aviation access and regulation among some of the most influential and esteemed leaders in the industry.  We’ll hear from key markets across the globe to distinguish aviation regulation policy approaches in Europe, Asia Pacific, North America Middle East and Africa and debate their effectiveness. With the swathe of open skies agreements in the 1990s and the early part of the 21st century originating from the US, it remains a vital part of the modern liberal bilateral system, however there now seems to be a wavering commitment to such a laissez-faire international marketplace. Meanwhile, Canada remains committed to its (dark) Blue Skies protectionist policy. On the other side of the Atlantic, the EU has played a vital leadership role in aviation, but in the face of new entrants, airline types and aircraft, how has this new environment impacted regulation policy. For much of the Middle East, despite the highly restrictive nature of much of the aviation regulatory structure, negotiations continue for comprehensive air transport agreements, though some continue to be hampered by protectionist voices.