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Associations Seek Business Aviation Growth In MENA

by Lorys Charalambous, Tax-News.com, Cyprus

13 December 2012


The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) have announced a joint initiative to work together to further promote and develop business aviation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The partnership will in particular focus on lobbying for an enhanced, more consistent regulatory environment for small aircraft and business jets in the region. By joining forces, GAMA and MEBAA will leverage the expertise of member companies resident in the region to develop "best practices" that local regulatory authorities could adopt, with a focus on improved safety and efficiency.

"Business aviation is not commercial aviation and should not be regulated as such; it needs access to airports and airspace, airport infrastructure tailored to its needs, and the freedom to operate with flexibility and agility," GAMA President and CEO, Pete Bunce explained.

“Our two associations share a strong sense of purpose and have decided to work together more closely. The Middle East and North Africa region is of growing importance for business aviation, and we want to ensure it develops to its full potential. It is important we combine our efforts to ensure business aviation is treated fairly, with proportional rules implemented across the region. I am looking forward to working closely together on this new initiative with our friends at MEBAA, given their vital role representing the business aviation operators’ community in this important part of the world."

MEBAA Founder and Chairman, Ali Ahmed Al Naqbi added: “Our joint initiative to work together to further promote and develop business aviation in the MENA region has come at an opportune time when the region is on the threshold of rapid expansion in this sector of aviation. It is a step in the right direction to synergize the experience of both associations for the orderly growth of this industry in the region that is still in the developing phase."

He added: "The single biggest obstacle to the full development of business aviation in our region is the lack of an appropriate regulatory framework tailored to the particular needs of business aviation. Through this partnership we aim to change that."

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