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Running Head: Middle East

Middle East
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Middle East

With the Middle East having the highest grow th rate for traffic in
aviation, do you believe the region will be able to support the grow th?
Why or why not?
Thanks to a successive increase in tourism in the region, the air
traffic growth in the Middle East has witnessed a massive increase over
the past few years. The infrastructural support system of Middle Eastern
aviation system is well developed and even more advanced than some
European countries. Therefore this well developed aviation s ystem of the
Middle Eastern aviation system can support the massive future increase in
air traffic over the region. The Passenger and freight ton kilometers per
GDP of the Middle Eastern Aviation, system is much higher than the
European and American aviation infrastructure. Moreover, the Middle
Eastern countries have the ability to pour in high finances to support an
increased demand for a new aviation infrastructure installment. The
challenges faced by the Middle East aviation system are unique in the
sense that it has the highest rate of air traffic growth in the region, even
higher than some European counterparts do. However, there are some
plausible concerns related to the regulatory regime of the Middle East
aviation regime. Limitations on pricing and some hindrances in new
international investments in the aviation system can stall the growth of
the Middle Eastern aviation s ystem.

Middle East

With all the civil unrest and political issues in the area, how do you
think this will affect the potential to support the aviation grow th?
The Middle Eat has witnessed some political and social turbulence
over the years. Instead of democratic governments, the countries in the
Middle East are still run by centuries old s ystem of monarchies. Starting
from 2011, the region witnessed a new wave of civil unrest with people
demanding more rights and representative governments. However, some
countries were successful in quashing the rights movements by the use of
brutal force. Countries, in which authoritarian regimes were toppled
successfully like Egypt and Tunis, are still to see complete political and
social rest. Sustained political and civil unrest in the region can drive
away the lucrative tourism revenues, which mainly come from the
aviation industry. Political and social unrest in the region can also put the
security of the airports and passengers in jeopardy. There have been some
instances, such as in Libya, where the passenger aircrafts standing on the
airports were burnt to the ground by a mob. In order to ensure sustained
benefits from the aviation and the tourism industry, the Middle Eastern
governments need to introduce political reforms and aviation reforms in
their respective countries (Warnock, 2011).

Middle East

As the Middle East is the bridge betw een Europe and Asia, do you
believe these areas should help support the infrastructure needed to
maintain the traffic and grow th?
As Middle East is linking Europe with Asia so, it is very important
that Middle East develop and modernize its aviation infrastructure to
meet the needs of increased aviation traffic. To meet the future challenges
of the air traffic growth, some countries in the Middle East have already
incorporated more aircrafts in the air fleet. Nevertheless, to meet the
demands of the increased air traffic, efforts need to go far beyond this.
Governments in the Middle East have pledged huge investments in the
aviation industry in the coming years. Governments in the Middle East
need to subsidize investment of the private sector in the aviation industry
and reduce government regulations. Deregulation in the aviation industry
is the need of the hour. By recognizing the main contours of economic
development, governments in Middle East can design their policy for
aviation growth on successful lines. There is a need for enhancing the
quality of the aviation industry by enhancing focus on the training and
development of the aviation workforce in the Middle East. Thus, the
potential risks associated with the future aviation growth in the Middle
East merits an immediate attention from the aviation policymakers of the
region.

Middle East

References
Warnock-Smith, D., & OConnell, J. F. (2011). The impact of air policy
on incoming tourist traffic: the contrasting cases of the Caribbean
Community and the Middle-East. Journal of Transport Geography, 19(2),
265-274.

Singh, I. (2013). Civil aviation: an economic booster to the nation.


Airports International, 46(6).