By Andy Sambidge
Royal Jordanian CEO Hussein Dabbas will become regional vice president from June 1
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has appointed Hussein Dabbas as regional vice president for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with effect from June 1.
Dabbas resigned last week as president and CEO of Royal Jordanian Airlines, a position he had held since 2009.
Dabbas takes over from Dr Majdi Sabri who will retire from IATA, a statement said.
"I welcome Hussein to IATA. His decades of aviation experience will help IATA to deliver its many important global programmes in the fast growing MENA region," said Tony Tyler, IATA's director general and CEO.
Dabbas added: "I am excited to be joining IATA and look forward to contributing to the development of aviation in the MENA region.
"Aviation is a critical component of the region's development and exhibits a tremendous potential for growth. In the Middle East alone, the aviation sector currently supports 2.7 million jobs and $129bn in economic activity."
From its regional office in Amman, IATA supports the MENA region with access to the full range of IATA's activities, programmes and services.
Dabbas quit his role at Royal Jordanian at a time when the carrier had transported more than 774,000 passengers in the first quarter of 2012, an increase of 26 percent on the 615,000 passengers carried in the same period of 2011.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.