The 22nd edition of Airport Show opened in Dubai today amidst brighter outlook for complete and sustainable recovery and growth of passenger demand.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group inaugurated the annual event which will run from 9 to 11 May 2023.
His Highness said: “The airport industry has come back almost to its full strength and picked up the lost growth momentum in most parts of the world. The construction of new airports and expansion and upgrading of existing facilities has gained pace to ensure airports meet the future demand as well as the needs and expectations of travellers.”
After opening, His Highness toured the exhibitors’ pavilions, during which he was accompanied by a number of senior officials from the aviation sector, where he
was briefed on the technologies and devices showcased by more than 150 international companies from 20 countries around the world.
His Highness added: “As the region’s airports look to maintain their status as top global hubs and attract a growing number of travellers, they are investing in the latest of technologies and concepts – biometrics, the Internet of Things, and more recently AI – to deliver an airport experience that exceeds the expectations of their customers, makes aviation sustainable, and keep them ahead of the competition.”
The trade show with the theme, ‘Together in Innovating Future Sustainable Airports,’ is the world’s largest annual airport industry B2B platform. This year more than 100 hosted buyers are expected to clinch substantial deals.
Exhibitors from the US, Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, Turkey, Netherlands, China, Belgium, Korea and Sweden and several other countries including the host, UAE, are showcasing the latest innovative products and technologies to make the aviation industry safe and sustainable, enhance efficiency and passengers experience with the expected increase in passenger numbers and aviation industry growth.
Omar Bin Ghaleb, deputy director-general, General Civil Aviation Authority, said: “Efficient and sustainable Air Traffic Management is the key to unlocking the potential of the aviation industry. The industry stakeholders should embrace innovation and collaborate to create exceptional passenger experiences and lead the way towards a brighter future for the airports and the environment.”
Also open are Airport Security Middle East, ATC Forum, the Global Airport Leaders’ Forum and Women in Aviation Conference, where global experts and industry leaders discuss the state of the industry, trends and the future of travel, airport security, technology disruption, passenger experience and sustainability. A key attraction is Sustainable Apron organized in association with dnata. These forums and discussions will greatly contribute to the growth of the industry and provide more opportunities to achieve performance and profitability.
Participating companies, exhibitors and industry stakeholders are bullish about growth prospects and hope to derive benefit from the Airport Show.
May Ismail, Event Manager at RX Global, the Airport Show organiser, said: “This Show is organised with the strong support of the airport industry stakeholders. Key areas of concern and focus include reducing energy consumption, improving operational efficiencies improvising passenger services and airside service levels, which will be discussed by global experts and industry leaders and suggest solutions.”
Jaffar Dawood, senior vice president for UAE Airport Operations at dnata, said: “We are proud to support the Airport Show, a prestigious industry event promoting safety, innovation and sustainability that have always been at the heart of our business and operations. We are showcasing our latest initiatives and cutting-edge technologies, offering participants unique opportunities to explore the airport of the future. We look forward to meeting with our partners to share insights and engage in meaningful discussions that propel the aviation industry forward.”
Yahya Al Hammadi, CEO of Abu Dhabi-based Global Air Navigation Services, certified by the GCAA as the only private ANSP in the country, said: “The Airport Show remains a unique platform to showcase its resilience in adopting innovative technologies that accelerate sustainable developments industry-wide. The country has ICAO and GCAA-certified training facilities where extensive Air Traffic Management training gets provided to the stakeholders.”
Thanos Deriziotis, Middle East Aviation Director of EGIS, said: “The event is significant in supporting the airport industry. We are happy to see more of our clients and business partners coming back to attend the event and we look forward to our renewed partnerships and joint activities. The current focus for Egis is future mobility, particularly in the context of sustainable aviation. Additionally, our strategy and new acquisitions have led to a greater emphasis on design in infrastructure as opposed to project management consulting (PMC) and project management office (PMO) works, both at a global and regional level.”
Philippe Martinet, Managing Director of Groupe ADP Airport Services Central Asia, Middle-East & Africa, based in Dubai office, said: “The Dubai Airport Show is a great occasion for Groupe ADP to welcome partners and future clients as it brings together the Airport community for 3 days. Our region is thriving, projects are accelerating to achieve the ambitious targets and goals set for the industry in the Middle East. We look forward to taking part in this dynamic by presenting our latest Groupe ADP Airport Services offer, engaging with our peers.”
Ketan Sethi, Director Aviation, NAFFCO, said the Show brings the new technology from across the globe and the airports under one roof and it supports both to understand the need and the advanced technologies at one place.
“We will be enhancing our product offer by launching the ATM automation and ATC products total solution in addition to our existing product range of Runway maintenance vehicles, Passenger boarding and Baggage handling solutions.”
Airport Show, organised by RX Global, is supported by Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects, Dubai Airports and dnata, and sponsored by ADB Safegate, Smiths Detection and HADID International Services.