Kuwait calls on GCC countries to adopt open air policy

15:27, December 15, 2009      

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Kuwait called on member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Monday to adopt open air policy as measures to boost commercial flights in the world's largest exporting region.

The GCC countries have made achievements in the development of their civil aviation sector, Director General of Kuwait's civil aviation authority Fawaz Al-Farah said.

The movement of people, trade exchange and freight would be furthered through the open air policy which will in turn benefits the Gulf economy, he said as leaders of the GCC are meeting here for their 30th summit.

He also expressed the hope that the six member countries would reach a regional agreement to completely open the air between them to strengthen economic integration.

Founded in 1981, the GCC groups Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The six countries have seen their share in the international aviation transportation sector increased as domestic travels are booming and the number of passengers transferred at major airports in the region have been on the rise.

Statistics from the International Air Transport Association showed the passenger traffic in the Gulf region registered an 8.4 percent increase in the first eight month of this year.

Source: Xinhua
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