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UAE Leads the Global Ranking in Air Transport Quality

The UAE has achieved a remarkable milestone by being ranked number one worldwide for the quality of its air transport infrastructure.

Fri, Jun 7, 2024 3:55pmGrey Clock 2 min

According to the recently launched World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Development Index (TTDI) 2024, the UAE emerged as a leader in various global competitiveness indicators within the civil aviation sector.

In this index, the UAE ranked first globally in the “Quality of Air Transport Infrastructure” indicator. Additionally, it secured the third position worldwide in both the “Efficiency of Air Transport Services” and “Available Airline Seat Kilometres – millions/week” indicators.

Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri, the Minister of Economy

Regionally, the UAE excels in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) by leading in the “Number of Operating Airlines” and “Air Transport Agreements” indicators.

Further cementing its global standing, the UAE achieved the top rank in the “Quality of Air Transport” category in the “Global Competitiveness Report 2023” released by the International Institute for Management Development.

Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of Economy and Chairman of the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), said: “The outstanding performance of the civil aviation sector in global competitiveness indicators showcases the forward-thinking vision and strategic directives of our wise leadership.

“This progress underlines our commitment to fostering growth and enhancing the competitiveness of this crucial sector both regionally and globally. As a fundamental pillar of our national economy, the civil aviation sector’s success affirms the quality and effectiveness of our government plans, which focus on continuous investment and reinforcing our leadership across various key development areas.”

Minister Al Marri emphasized the collective effort of every stakeholder in the UAE’s civil aviation community, inspiring further advancements in air transport infrastructure and services. He noted that these achievements align with national goals to innovate and connect the world through a comprehensive, integrated, and sustainable aviation system, leveraging the UAE’s strategic location.

Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director-General of GCAA

Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director-General of GCAA, expressed his pride in this achievement, highlighting the strength and competitiveness of the UAE’s civil aviation sector. He attributed this success to the collaborative efforts of the GCAA with its strategic partners in federal and local government entities, national carriers, and all companies and institutions operating in the sector. Their combined efforts have expanded international partnerships and enhanced the air transport network, positioning the UAE as a major hub for travel and tourism both regionally and internationally.

Al Suwaidi reaffirmed the GCAA’s commitment to continuously improving the aviation sector, keeping pace with technological advancements and strategic developmental goals. This ensures the UAE maintains and enhances its distinguished position in the future, setting new benchmarks for the global aviation industry.



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