With $400 billion projected to be invested in the coming few years towards expansion and development of Middle East airports, the region is emerging as key driver of the global aviation industry’s future growth, a fact also underscored by the huge success the Airport Show held in Dubai last month, organisers of the event said.
“The robust business environment and the buoyancy of regional economies, coupled with the unfaltering determination of the regional authorities to turn their airports into iconic travel hubs, aided in making the 12th edition of the Airport Show the best and most effective platform for the aviation industry players to make strong market inroads and network with the decision-makers,” Reed Exhibitions Middle East, organisers of the show said.
Jamal Al Hai, executive senior vice-president for International Affairs and Communications at Dubai Airports, said the Airport Show provided the global aviation industry insights into the vibrancy of the aviation industry in the region in general and Dubai in particular. The biggest challenge facing the airports decision-makers has been to keep the journey of the passengers through their facilities seamless and a memorable experience, he added.
The 12th edition of the show held from May 22 to 24 attracted 211 exhibitors from 32 countries — an increase of 31.9 per cent in number of participating companies compared to its previous edition. China, Denmark, France, Germany, Swiss and the UK hosted dedicated pavilions with, Germany having the largest pavilion in terms of size and number of exhibiting companies in its past three years participation.
The show also witnessed an increase of 29 per cent in it number of attendees, equating to 5342 industry professionals and experts. A series of 25 free seminars focusing on industry-related topics over a three day period were a runway of success, with an impressive number of aviation industry professionals turning up to keep themselves abreast with the latest technology, trends and services. Among the presentations that drew strong attendance were, the world’s first mobile airport terminal, robots in baggage handling.
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