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Doha scoops the prize at Middle East Airport awards

Doha International Airport has won key honours for the Best Airport Airline Partnership in the region.

Doha International Airport has won key honours for the Best Airport Airline Partnership in the region.

The award was presented at the inaugural Middle East and North Africa airport awards, supported by Skytrax, the UK-based commercial aviation research house. The event was held during the two-day Airport Middle East Expansion Conference, hosted by Qatar's Civil Aviation Authority in Doha.

Presented by Edward Plaisted, managing director of Skytrax, the award recognised the airport's achievements in working efficiently with global and regional airlines.

Doha International Airport and Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker gave a keynote presentation on the ‘effectiveness of airport and airline partnerships'. He stressed that neither airlines nor airports could survive without each other and that mutual assistance was the best way to achieve economic growth and success. He added that cooperation between the two parties would facilitate trade and give customers a greater choice.

On a panel discussion, "Open Skies", Al Baker advocated the need for airline freedom across the Middle East. He argued this would help meet the demands of passenger traffic and lead to greater, healthier competition.

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