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Industry Insights

Online Registration is Now Open

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for Airport Show, Airport Security and ATC Forum this June in Dubai.

A Global Condition: How are Airports Slowing the Spread of Diseases?

At the time of writing, the novel (new) coronavirus (named “2019-nCoV”) has infected over 34,000 people worldwide, spreading beyond China to over 14 different countries and killing over 800, with the first death outside of China occurring in the Philippines.

A Queue-less Airport Experience – Assessing the Future of Air Travel

Air travel is on the rise across the world as the populations of both developed and developing nations look to expand their business and leisure opportunities opened up by globalisation.

Drones coming into their own for Runway Safety Checks

UAV technology continues to impress the world as its extremely long list of potential applications moves from theory to practice, with leading companies across major industries successfully implementing them into different parts of their operations.

Making Ground Handling Operations Safer – Airports Adopt Fresh Tactics

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data in the final quarter of 2019 with estimates that 7,000 ramp accidents and incidents — one per 1,000 departures — occur worldwide every year. Around 243,000 people are injured each year as a result of these accidents, and the injury rate is roughly 9 per 1,000 departures.

Airport Show to highlight rapid transformation of airports globally to handle 22 billion people by 2040

Airports across the world are now in the midst of being decongested, expanded and modernised with an impressive bouquet of facilities designed to make them sleek and classy.  The Middle East, Africa and Asia regions are seeing an unprecedented boom in airport construction and development as they inch towards bringing about a quantitative and qualitative transformation.

Ethiopian Airlines to start building new $5 billion airport this year: CEO

Ethiopian Airlines will start constructing a new $5 billion airport later this year, its chief executive officer was quoted as saying on Wednesday, as the rapidly-expanding carrier outgrows capacity at its current base in Addis Ababa.

Phase 4 of Pudong airport to begin construction this year

Shanghai will commence construction of Phase 4 of the Pudong International Airport this year.

Dubai to host 3rd edition of ATC Forum

Glimpses into Air Traffic Control (ATC) modernisation and innovation will be provided to aviation industry stakeholders at the ATC Forum which is returning for its third straight year in June 2020 during the record-setting Airport Show, the world’s largest annual airport industry gathering.

$270bn invested in aviation sector so far, says UAE

General Civil Aviation Authority chief says more investments needed to keep pace with aviation demands.

Optimal broadband WiFi still sits at the heart of airport operations

While the introduction of next generation technologies such as AI, machine learning and robotics is fundamentally impacting on the way future airport operations will be run, today’s operational setup requires pervasive coverage of reliable, high bandwidth, low latency wireless broadband. 

Global Airport Leaders’ Forum – Day 1: Future Ground Handling Summit

Alongside new technical innovations, optimal training programmes and methodologies will be going under the microscope this year at the new Future Ground Handling Summit, giving operators the guidance they need to prepare their employees for any eventuality in the demanding industry environment of today.

Passenger Experience key theme for Airport Show 2020

Attracting over 2,000 visitors, Airport Passengers’ Experience will be a key theme at Airport Show 2020, with dedicated conference streams, innovation showcase and regional buyers looking for the latest solutions to make customers’ journeys more experience-driven rather than process-driven. 

Future Passenger Experience in the spotlight at Airport Show 2020

Titans of the aviation industry from across the world will assemble in Dubai in mid-June next year to debate topics related to the future passenger experience as the widest range of newest technologies and innovations are showcased at the world’s largest annual airport industry gathering.

So what’s NEXTT? – Exploring the possibilities of future air travel

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released its ‘NEXTT’ Vision for the future of air travel, where progressive airports and airlines will utilise New Experience Travel Technologies to turn flights from mundane and purely functional undertakings into complete end-to-end journey experiences. 

Airports make strides reducing their carbon footprint

In the dawn of a new decade, the aviation industry has recognised its own role in adding to global carbon emissions and is taking increasingly determined steps to reduce its ecological impact across its various operations. 

Women In Aviation General Assembly 2020 – new features added

The event in 2020 will see further growth with the 5th edition taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre alongside Airport Show on 24th June 2020.

Harnessing the Power of Voice for Safer Skies

Despite global economic volatility in the form of various socio-political and economic crises, the number of flights to be taken in 2020 is still predicted to rise by 1.2% - a modest increase but an increase regardless.

Computed tomography (CT) set to alleviate air passengers’ biggest headache

The introduction of CT technology into the passenger screening process promises to be a game-changer in terms of expediting average security processing times and improving customer satisfaction. 

Free to attend conference with new streams added

Two new free to attend conferences have been added to the Global Airport Leaders’ Forum programme: Future Ground Handling Summit on 22 June and Airport Passengers’ Experience Conference on 23 June. 

Sustainability will be key for Ground Support in the coming Decade

The new decade is one that is already being characterised as a period of sustained growth for the aviation industry, with IATA predicting that 2019 saw a global hike in demand of 5%, with capacity growth of 4.7% and passenger load factors increasing by 82.1%.

Airlines and airports spend a record US$50bn on IT in 2018

SITA has revealed that airlines and airports spent a record US$50bn in 2018 on IT to support improvements to the passenger journey

Abu Dhabi Airports awards contract for development of lounge at Midfield Terminal to National Aviation Services (NAS) and Airport Dimensions

Abu Dhabi Airports has awarded the Midfield Terminal’s lounge construction and management contract to a joint venture between National Aviation Services (NAS) and Airport Dimensions.

Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal undergoing testing says technology provider SITA

With more than 97% of airport completed, announcement on opening expected next year

Global air passengers want more control, less waiting

Global air passengers are now looking to technology for improvement of their travel experience, according to a survey, which acts as the voice of the passenger and desi-gned to help guide industry initiatives

How airports can prepare for the rise of autonomous vehicles

Angela Gittens, Director General of ACI World, discusses how automation is critical for the aviation industry to identify key opportunities and concerns related to operating vehicles at airports

'Unfair' to attack air passengers over climate change, says Airbus CEO

Guillaume Faury says the aviation sector only accounts for 2-2.5% of global CO2 emissions

Bahrain’s new airport ambitions outshine current expansion

Look at a satellite view of the tiny Kingdom of Bahrain and, zooming closer, you’ll spot a number of airports and airfields in a relatively small land mass.

Abu Dhabi Airports Company CEO appointed to ACI Board

Abu Dhabi Airports Company’s CEO Bryan Thompson has been appointed to the board of Airports Council International (ACI).

Uber, Lyft rides could get more expensive at National and Dulles airports

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is considering raising the fee that app-based services such as Uber and Lyft pay when they pick up and drop off passengers at Reagan National and Dulles International airports.

Language and Luggage: How Amadeus Technology can shape the travel industry

With a presence in more than 190 countries, Amadeus has emerged as one of the world’s leading travel technology providers, evolving since its inception in 1987 to now offer everything from booking analytics to online payment solutions, with clients including travel agents, airlines and hotel chains.

People flow solutions to enhance passenger experience

Simone Tiberti, Head of Infrastructure in South Europe, Middle East and Africa, KONE: “The full life-cycle approach to projects is the only solid and safe approach to guarantee value to our clients for the years to come.”

World Aviation Safety Summit to explore airspace congestion solutions

Average delay per flight due to air traffic control in the GCC is estimated at 29 minutes

Saudi Arabia – entering a new phase of rapid growth

Aviation is a major priority for the government in Saudi, leading to an ambitious expansion plan at the flag carrier Saudia and the opening of massive new terminal at Jeddah Airport.

New helicopter hub to be opened in Dubai under Leonardo, Falcon plan

A rotorcraft terminal will be established in Dubai next year in close proximity to the Expo 2020 area, under plans unveiled by Leonardo and Falcon Aviation Services.

Abu Dhabi's multi-billion dollar airport likely to open in 2020

Abu Dhabi International Airport's new terminal is unlikely to meet its new deadline of opening this year, further delaying the multi-billion dollar project, five sources familiar with the matter told Reuters

Airlines, airports spend $50bn on passenger experience

Airlines and airports spent a record $50 billion in 2018 on IT to support improvements to the passenger journey and are now beginning to enjoy the benefit of that investment, said SITA, a major IT provider for the air transport industry in a new report.

The top 10 risks the aviation industry is facing

DANS works closely with the UAE’s federal regulator, the GCAA, and has responsibility for the approaches into Dubai’s two international airports as well as tower operations

Waiting times fall by 15% at Dubai Int'l as passenger numbers hit 64.5m

A total of 23,217,492 passengers travelled through DXB in the third quarter, down 2.4% amid runway closure, 737 grounding

New Aviation X Lab incubator to reinvent the next era of air travel

A new aviation-specific incubator called Aviation X Lab has been launched in Dubai following a long-term partnership between Emirates, Airbus, Collins Aerospace, GE Aviation and Thales.

Aviation and tourism to contribute $128bn to UAE's GDP by 2037

The aviation industry could contribute $128 billion (Dh470bn) to the UAE’s economy by 2037

UAE aviation sector to produce 620,000 new jobs, extra $80 billion in GDP, by 2037

Aviation sector has become a key cornerstone industry in the UAE

Dubai International could grow to 120 million passengers a year

Dubai International could grow to 120 million passengers a year – with no new runways

Exhibit at NAIS and attract the aviation industry across Russia & CIS

At NAIS, industrial flagships and new market players display their best solutions to top officials and specialists from airports and other air enterprises from all over Russia and abroad across civil aviation infrastructure development: equipment, technologies, design, construction, IT and security. 

120+ exhibitors and over 4000 professionals will be united at VII National Aviation Infrastructure Forum & Show on February 5-6, 2020 in Moscow.

Aviation industry needs to crank up IT spend

There isn’t a year that goes by in which cybersecurity does not remain high on the agenda for the air transport industry. However, the need to ensure faster progress towards implementation of concrete cyber prevention and management initiatives remains an acute challenge.

UAE wins ICAO membership for fifth consecutive time

The UAE has been elected for the fifth consecutive time to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Council.

The UAE will serve its fifth term aboard the international organisation after successfully winning its re-election campaign on Tuesday, garnering 152 votes at the meetings of the ICAO’s 40th session, running in Montreal, Canada from September 24 to October 4.

Are you visiting interairport Europe?

Come along and meet the Airport Show team at interairport Europe in Munich from 8-11 October on stand number 2724 in Hall C6. Visit us to discuss the next edition of Airport Show taking place in June 2020. Schedule a meeting with us by emailing us here.

Major Airport Projects in the Middle East, India & Africa

The 20th edition of Airport Show provides you with great opportunity to network with key project leaders of major airport projects and development in the region.

Al Maktoum International is planning to be the world's largest airport

Dubai Airports, which operates Dubai International and Al Maktoum International Airport, is reviewing its long-term masterplan, taking into consideration demand for passenger growth and economic expansion of local as well as regional economies.

280,000 passengers travel through Dubai airport

Dubai International Airport experienced one of the busiest days of the year on Friday with 280,000 passengers passing through its three terminals ahead of the Eid Al Adha long weekend from Saturday through to Tuesday.

Do you have a start-up that makes travel simpler, better, or more exciting?

The winner will receive AED 50,000 in equity-free funding, expert mentoring and tailored workshops from program partners, office space at the heart of Dubai Silicon Oasis and connections into a vibrant entrepreneurship.

2 new conferences added in 2020

Global Airport Leaders’ Forum (GALF), that takes place alongside Airport Show each year has broadened its portfolio by adding 2 new conferences for 2020: Passenger Experience and Future Ground Handling Summit.

Meet us at InterAirport

Airport Show will be participating at interairport Europe in Munich from 8-11 October on stand number 2724 in Hall C6. Our team will be highlighting the major airport development projects globally and sharing information on how to connect with the key decision makers on these projects.

Airport Show success story in its 19 years history

The 19th edition of Airport Show took place in Dubai in May brought together 7,171 Attendees from 89 Countries, increased visitor numbers by 10.56% and gathered 208 Buyers which resulted to an increased number of deals and strategic alliances between the participating companies.

Airport Show broke all records of success in its 19 years history

Airport Show, which concluded after a three-day run at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC), climbed another step in its journey of success and broke all records in its 19 years history in terms of occupied exhibition space, number of country pavilions, exhibitors, hosted buyers and visitors.

50 new technologies and innovations showcased at Airport Show

The 19th edition of Dubai Airport Show, the world’s largest airport exhibition, witnessed the showcasing of new technologies and innovations in the aviation industry.

Sustainability is key for the growth of travel industry

Sustainability, affordability, efficiency, and intramodal are key principals for the growth of the travel industry for decades to come.

128 Smart Gates at Dubai International for border control

DXB last year handled an average of 120,000 passengers daily in the peak time, with the processing time for immigration formalities taking a few seconds to process per passenger.

Dubai Police, AFSAC of Tunisia signed pact for training agreement for training police force at airports

Dubai Police and AFSAC (ICAO AVSEC Training Centre) of Tunisia signed an agreement for sharing knowledge and infrastructure at their respective centres to train the police force working at airports.

Dubai keeping up its unblemished reputation in air traffic management

Describing Dubai as the ‘City of Future’, a top government official has said the vision and leadership has been behind the continued growth and expansion of the aviation industry in the emirate and its amazing success story in a relatively short span of time.

Increasing role of women to boost aviation sector

Despite the fact that women are vastly under-represented in the aviation and aerospace sectors, they play a key role in the growth of the industry, and there has never been a better time for them to build a successful career in this industry and be part of the success story.

Radwa Hozien, Chief Software Officer, emaratech

In her presentation at the Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF) which kicked off as a co-located event at the 19th edition of Airport Show at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (D ...

DTP signs partnership agreement with Cirium

DTP, aviation technology solutions provider, has signed a partnership agreement with Cirium, part of RELX PLC, a global provider of information-based analytics. The Cirium Partner Program is part of t ...

Dammam Airports Company embarking on a major expansion

Dammam Airports Company (DACO) is embarking on a major expansion of its facilities and passenger and cargo handling capacities. Turki Abdullah Aljawini, CEO of DACO, said the expansion is aimed at inc ...

Siemens establishes Digital Aviation Centre in Dubai

Technology giant Siemens is focusing on digital transformation for airports to make decisions without interruption and has established Digital Aviation Centre in Dubai. “We will be using Dubai as the ...

Dubai’s major milestones of airport technology highlighted in GALF – Smart Airports

In his keynote address, Abdulqader Ali, CEO of Smartworld, the telecom provider for Dubai South and Managed Services provider for UAE government entities, said there will be 30 million Unmanned Aircra ...

Dubai keeping up its flawless reputation in air traffic management

Describing Dubai as the ‘City of Future’, a top government official has said the vision and leadership has been behind the continued growth and expansion of the aviation industry in the emirate and it ...

Smiths Detection unveiled Hi-Scan 6040 CTiX security screening system

The Hi-Scan 6040 CTiX security screening system that uses computed Tomography technology for cabin baggage is being showcased. The advanced detection capability offered byt CT eliminates the need to ...

Nokia helping ANSPs overcome legacy application support issues

Nokia is showcasing its innovative technologies, along with managed services for building highly reliable and secure mission-critical domestic as well as international aviation networking. These techn ...

Saudi Ground Handling Services (SGS) discuss 2020 vision

“With Vision 2020 and Vision 2030, we have lots of changes in the government to open up the tourism industry to make it attractive for foreigners. There are big expansion plans at the airports,” said ...

Ground Handling Logistics of Saudi Arabia showcases their PRM (Passengers with Restricted Mobility) technology

Ground Handling Logistics is a Saudi Arabian company with a strong commitment to deliver efficient, reliable, innovative and cost effective service and solutions in airport and aviation industry. The ...

DFS Aviation Services showcases the PHOENIX WebInnovation System

DFS Aviation Services is a subsidiary of DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung, the German air navigation service provider (ANSP). DFS is responsible for one of the most complex airspaces in the world and handle ...

Baggage Handling System (BHS) system design using virtual reality

ADP Ingénierie, involved in designing greenfield airports and maintenance, has unveiled a Baggage Handling System (BHS) system design using virtual reality meant for airport operators who are willing ...

Con Korfiatis - CEO

Con Korfiatis CEO 1. Tell us a bit about your career and how you came to work in the industry? I started my career as a chartered accountant and then a management consultant. In the course of being a ...

BSSTC.PL - Smart Technologies Cluster

BSSTC.PL was founded in 2013 by science and technology enthusiasts, whose knowledge and competence enabled the process of implementation into the broadly understood advanced technology industry from t ...

Sheikh Ahmed opens the 19th edition of Airport Show in Dubai

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, on Monday offici ...

Sustainability is key for the growth of travel industry: Paul Griffiths

Sustainability, affordability, efficiency, and intramodal are key principals for the growth of the travel industry for decades to come. This was stated by Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer of Du ...

DTP elevates aviation operations in the Middle East as the first recognized Cirium Partner

Cirium has welcomed leading aviation technology solutions provider DTP as the first member of its new Partner Program. You can learn more about DTP and Cirium on stand 5330 at Airport Show taking plac ...

Rana Dajani Ph.D. delivering keynote address at Women In Aviation

Continuing the excellent work being done by ICAO, IATA and ACI so far, the Women in Aviation General Assembly, Dubai will highlight best practice to regional aviation HR leadership

emaratech to showcase its cutting-edge technology at Airport Show-2019

Dubai-based company is Arab leader in Border Control Smart Corridor to be a key attraction at B2B show Eyen and Smart Trolley also to be on display Gulf airports to handle 450 million passengers by 20 ...

Suddenly Middle East aviation is becalmed; Africa too is stalling - again

CAPA’s Middle East-Africa Summit to be held in Dubai on 27/28- Apr-2019 comes at a very interesting time in the evolution of the Middle East and African markets.

Airport Show remains key B2B platform for Saudi exhibitors

Dubai, April 10, 2019: The 19th edition of Airport Show from 29 April - 1 May at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) will see the participation of Saudi Arabia’s prominent ...

Introducing Honeywell NAVITAS

The Honeywell NAVITAS software suite makes end-to end airport management possible by connecting air and ground traffic control, airport operations, and maintenance.

What is Free Route Airspace?

The International Civil Aviation Organization - under its Aviation System Block Upgrade Free Route Operations module

Smith’s Detection new HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX checkpoint scanner

Smiths Detection is shaping the future of aviation security with pioneering solutions.

Experience the largest 360 degrees Tower Simulator in the World

dans will be showcasing a prototype of the Tower Simulator (TOSIM), the largest 360 degrees Tower Simulator in the World, utilized for training and procedural testing purposes.

Arab women seeking larger role in delivering Middle East’s aviation aspirations

4th WIA Middle East General Assembly during Airport Show Speakers from GCAA, Boeing, Air BP, Safran and Honeywell Prince Fahd bin Mishaal Al-Saud, Chairman of GCC Aviation Authority and Sheikha Al Mas ...

First-ever Smart Airports Conference to be held during GALF in Dubai this April

The smart airport market in the Middle East region is expected to reach US$850 million by 2020

100 million passengers pass through Saudi airports in 2018

JEDDAH: Last year was a record for flights and passengers at the Kingdom’s airports, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported citing official statistics.

Bahrain International secures CEM Systems AC2000 Airport security solution

The powerful CEM Systems AC2000 Airport software and industry leading CEM Systems hardware is being installed at Bahrain International Airport to ensure the highest level of integrated security and as ...

emaratech will showcase the ‘Smart Corridor’ at Airport Show

We are excited to announce that emaratech will be presenting state of the art technology ‘Smart Corridor’ in Dubai at Airport Show on 29 April – 1 May. The unprecedented integrated technology of Pre-c ...

Day 1 of the Global Airport Leader’s Forum (GALF) puts the spotlight on smart airports

Day 1 of Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF) will focus on ‘Smart Airports’. Exponential growth in the 21st century has thrusted the aviation industry to be sustainable and airports to be smart. Socia ...

How visibility of suspect bags in arrivals enables security, revenue and passenger experience

Global air traffic passenger demand is projected to grow at 7%. On a global scale, passenger air travel is expected to maintain positive growth rates up to 2030. The increasing growth in the number of ...

The CAPA Middle East & Africa Aviation Summit, to be held on 29-30 April 2019

The CAPA Middle East & Africa Aviation Summit , to be held on 29-30 April 2019, will examine commercial and operational issues affecting airlines and airports in Africa and the Middle East, focusing o ...

Airport Show-2019 to serve as an influential platform for international companies

42 new international exhibitors tapping MENASA region; US$1.1 trillion airport infrastructure projects planned

Testing commences at Abu Dhabi's new Dh10 billion airport terminal

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi’s new Midfield Terminal will boost the aviation sector in the UAE rapidly, the CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports said on Monday. He, however, did not give a specific timeline when the new ...

Technology, training and teamwork_ The Future of Airport Security

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the likes of: emaratech and Smiths Detection presenting their cutting-edge solutions for the most advanced challenges facing airports this April.

5 ways in which technology is shaping the smart airport

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the likes of Rohde & Schwarz, Sew Eurodrive, Smiths Detection and ServiceMax presenting their cutting-edge solutions this April.

Technological teammates: Shaping the Future of Air Traffic Control

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the likes of: HungaroControl, Nokia, and IHSE presenting their cutting-edge solutions this April.

Upswing in investments in Middle East for efficient air traffic control

ATC market to be worth US$56.07 billion by 2022. In 2030, 1.85 million flights annually to and from UAE; 2.34 million aircraft movements at 36 ME airports in 2025.

ANCG to renovate and upgrade south runway at Dubai Airport

Al Naboodah Construction Group (ANCG) – the construction division of Al Naboodah Group Enterprises – has announced that it will lead a record-time renovation upgrade to resurface the south runway at D ...

Dubai Airports aims to eliminate queues as it rebrands

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, Shaikh Ahm ...

Are you the next breakthrough company in the airport industry?

The Airport Innovation Hub is a new initiative that creates a unique platform for new innovators in the industry.

Top UAE mogul to lead musicians at papal mass

Better known for his role as the CEO of Dubai Airports, Paul Griffiths, will be playing the organ at the mass lead by Pope Francis on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Smart gates at Dubai airport to test passengers' vitals

Vital signs of passengers coming into Dubai will soon be screened while they pass through smart gates equipped with thermal cameras at the airports. The upcoming 'Smart Health Tracks' are currently at ...

Dubai passenger traffic tops 89m in 2018

Dubai International Airport (DXB) retained its position as the world’s busiest airport for international customer numbers for the fifth consecutive year with annual traffic for 2018 surpassing 89.1 mi ...

Smiths Detection launches new training centre in Dubai

Smiths Detection, Airport Show’s Gold sponsor has recently launched a new training centre in Dubai.

Dubai helping London with its drone crisis

UK airports have asked Dubai for help in tackling its drone problem after runways at London’s Gatwick and Heathrow were both closed in recent weeks due to the remote controlled menace.

The first fully LED monitored airport

OCEM has recently announced its involvement in a brand-new airport strategically located in Mukah, Malaysia, the country’s first fully monitored LED airport.

Airports – a different business altogether

Did you know that there is a videogame where you can build your own airport city? It is called Airport City.

Emerging technologies helping airports tackle increasing security threats

Security and safety technologies play a vital role in managing fast clearance checks for passengers.

ATM market to touch US$97.30 billion mark by 2022

By 2018, traffic is projected to grow with another seven percent. On a global scale, passenger air travel is expected to maintain positive growth rates up to 2030.