On 15 May, the First Round Table for CEOs Central Asian Airlines took place in Dushanbe. Top management of Somon Air (Tajikistan), Air Astana (Kazakhstan), QAZAQ Air (Kazakhstan), SCAT Airlines (Kazakhstan), Avia Traffic (Kyrgyzstan) and Uzbekistan Airways (Uzbekistan) discussed the impediments for growth and development of air connectivity in Central Asia, aviation safety, jet fuel supply and beyond.
According to IATA forecast world aviation will double passenger traffic by 2037 and by expected shift of global economic center from West to East, passenger traffic in Central Asia countries will be growing as well and cooperation between air carriers in the region is crucial. Competitiveness of aviation in Central Asia is affected by severity of aviation-related challenges that were addressed by the airlines in Central Asia, including:
International Air Transport Association, presented at the roundtable as an observer, has fully supported the initiative and provided its knowledge and subject-matter expertise on the above-mentioned topics.
The Round Table for CEOs Central Asian Airlines aims to meet on a regular basis and is to be held twice a year.