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The world race to build new airports or expand existing facilities

28 Nov 2017
The Middle East region is projected to handle 400 million air passengers by 2020, with the GCC’s share being 250 million, including over 100 million by Dubai’s two international airports. Other star airports making their mark are Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Muscat, with more significant growth also coming from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq.

Almost every country in the world is in the race to build new airports or expanding the existing facilities to meet future demands. In a recent report, PwC, the world’s leading consultancy company, says the propensity to fly is affected by a lot of different, interrelated forces – economic health of a country, demographic changes, market maturity, geographical features and competition.

It observed: “Airports are a unique class of asset. They offer greater potential for growth than more traditional infrastructure assets. Unlike more traditional infrastructure assets, airports serve airlines as their primary clients and therefore share in the fortunes and woes of a highly cyclical industry.” Angela Gittens, Director General of Airports Council International (ACI), remarked: “Simply put, airports are capital intensive businesses highly dependent on economies of scale. Even in a downturn, airports have to invest to provide capacity for the future. The aviation sector is definitely going to grow. There will be winners and losers but growth is inevitable.”

Taking place in Dubai on 7-9 May 2018, the 18th edition of Airport Show will bring global suppliers and regional buyers together at the largest annual gathering of its kind in the world.

Read more about the region’s mega airport developments here or contact Raed El forkh on raed.elforkh@reedexpo.ae or find your International Sales Contact for more information.

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  • "We see the Airport Show as a strong platform to showcase our smart technologies, and at the same time, explore the latest offerings from across the world. We look forward to our participation next year as well."
    MICHAEL REICHLE
    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, SIEMENS POSTAL, PARCEL & AIRPORT LOGISTICS
  • "The Business Connect programme was useful in knowing potential suppliers in the Middle East market. During our participation in Airport Show we explored the latest technology, services related to the Aviation industry from different international companies."
    ADEL ABDUL AZIZ MALALAH
    CHIEF GOVERNMENT RELATION OFFICER, KUWAIT NATIONAL AVIATON SERVICES
  • "The Airport Show has been an excellent vehicle for helping to achieve ongoing brand-awareness. It is by participating at this event that allows your business to confirm your position as a credible supplier and partner in the Middle East’s Airports industry."
    ROMANO FIONDA, MBIFM
    HEAD OF AIRPORT SERVICES (MIDDLE EAST), COFELY BESIX AIRPORTS & LOGISTICS SERVICES
  • “Whether it is the latest scanning technologies, passenger experiences or robot baggage handlers, the region’s airports are investing in the latest technology and concepts to delight customers and stay ahead of the competition. This exciting time in the industry will be reflected at the Airport Show 2018."
    HIS HIGHNESS SHEIKH AHMED BIN SAEED AL MAKTOUM
    PATRON OF AIRPORT SHOW

 

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