GCC moves on unified aviation policies without Saudi
Five of the six Gulf Cooperation Council members are set to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) early next year in what is being touted as a step towards reaching a regional air space agreement that will ease congestion, reports Gulf News.
The five members — UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait — are in talks to sign a MoU that will recognise each state's certification of aviation training academies and maintenance companies.
No reason was given as to why Saudi Arabia would not be signing, although Saudi Arabia aviation regulation follows the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration while the other five GCC countries follow the European Aviation Safety Agency.
The Middle East is one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world, with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasting an annual growth rate of 6.3 percent for the region.