ICAN 2023 in Riyadh: Striving to Keep Pace with Global Air Transport Progress
The 15th International Conference on Air Services Negotiations (ICAN), under the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), commenced in Riyadh with objectives to align with fast-evolving global aviation dynamics.
Saudi Transport Minister Saleh Al-Jasser inaugurated the conference, with over 700 industry experts, leaders, ministers, and heads of civil aviation from over 100 countries present, highlighting the event's significance and record-breaking participation.
Saudi Arabia, hosting ICAN for the second time, received praise for its substantial aviation sector support, attributed to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The event underscores Saudi Arabia's transport strategy, fostering international connectivity and collaborative aviation enhancement.
Malaysia was announced as the next ICAN host in 2024 during the opening, marked by cultural entertainments and high-level attendance, including GACA President Abdulaziz Al-Duailej and ICAO Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano.
Saudi Arabia's National Aviation Strategy envisions a dominant Middle Eastern civil aviation role by 2030, with a $100 billion investment, aiming to cater to over 330 million travelers annually and ramp up air freight to 4.5 million tons.
New initiatives from GACA are set to improve traveler rights and reinforce a safer, sustainable aviation framework, seeking partnerships for progressive systems locally and abroad.
Since 2008, ICAN has facilitated over 5,000 bilateral meetings, resulting in about 4,000 agreements and cooperation memorandums. This year's conference has drawn over 95 countries and anticipates surpassing 485 meetings.
Running alongside the conference is an exhibition revealing aviation innovations and future prospects, leading up to the celebration of International Civil Aviation Day and the GACA Facilities Award on December 7.