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Qatar and Canada in fight for ICAO headquarters

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Staff writer ▼ | May 2, 2013
Canada is trying to fend off an offer by Qatar to move the headquarters of the UN's International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) from Montreal to Doha.
International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)
International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)Canada is trying to fend off an offer by Qatar to move the headquarters of the UN's International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) from Montreal to Doha.


The group of Canada's major airlines is against Qatar's attempts to move the world headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization from Montreal.

"Montreal has been an outstanding home for the global aviation community since 1946," George Petsikas, president of the National Airlines Council of Canada, said in a news release. Montreal is an important international aviation hub, home to several related agencies, including the International Air Transport Association, Airports Council International and the International Business Aviation Council, he said.

"Our members believe that ICAO is exceptionally well served by Montreal's aviation expertise, its world-class facilities and its proximity to the U.N. in New York," Mr. Petsikas added. ICAO is a United Nations agency. The Airlines Council represents the interests of Air Canada, Air Transat, Jazz Aviation LP and WestJet.

Qatar proposes to build a new headquarters for the ICAO in Doha, arguing that Montreal is too far from the key regions of Europe and Asia. The ICAO is in negotiations for a renewal of the lease on its building in downtown Montreal, owned by the federal government.


 

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