Alnaqbi was asked questions as to what is the impact of COVID-19 in the MENA region, to what extend flying is happening, how MEBAA is helping the companies during this crisis, how quickly business aviation can resume once situation improves and the prospects of holding the MEBAA Show 2020 in Dubai.
As far as the impact is concerned, Alnaqbi informed that pandemic has impacted severely on the business aviation industry in the MENA region as the rest of the world. He said other than few evacuation flights, there are hardly any air traffic movements especially with the “STAY at HOME” regulation by the Government and the diplomatic approvals required for operating between countries.
As for the support for the industry is concerned, Alnaqbi informed that MEBAA is in touch with all the member companies, gathering their challenges and problems. He said a formal registration with the local authorities and MENA authorities, by way of a written letter, has also been done demanding for governmental support for the business aviation industry.
Alnaqbi expressed optimism that once the situation improves, business aviation can quickly turn around and normalize operations better than airlines, both of which are any ways complementary. He also confirmed that as of now, MEBAA Show 2020 will take place as planned in Dubai in December 8th, 2020. However, we are keeping close monitor of the situation, he concluded.
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