World’s largest annual airport exhibition set for May 2018
The world’s largest annual airport exhibition, the Airport Show, is scheduled in Dubai from May 7 to 9 next year and is expected to bring together more than 300 exhibitors from over 90 countries “to showcase innovative and game-changing products to key decision-makers”, Emirates News Agency reports.
The 18th edition of the show will have a strong Middle East focus and will feature two new co-located events, the Air Traffic Control Forum and Airport Security Middle East, in addition to the CAPA Global Airport Leaders Forum and associated event Women in Aviation.
“The Middle East aviation industry is witnessing an exciting time with the region recording the second highest passenger traffic growth rate and continuing with its multi-billion-dollar airport expansion and modernisation programmes,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chairman and chief executive of Emirates.
“Whether it is the latest scanning technologies, passenger experiences or robot baggage handlers, the region’s airports are investing in the latest of technology and concepts and stay ahead of competition. This exciting time in the industry will be reflected at the Airport Show 2018.”
The show is being supported by International Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects, Dubai Airports, dnata, Contractors Association and Shipping and Cargo Logistics Group.
According to the International Air Transport Association’s global passenger traffic results for 2016, Middle Eastern carriers had the strongest regional annual traffic growth for the fifth year in a row at 11.8%, compared with the global average of 6.3%.
In Dubai, the planned $32 billion expansion of Al Maktoum International Airport is designed to help accommodate that growth, with capacity eventually to handle up to 240 million passengers on completion in 2027.