The 11th edition of the Airport Show, held at the Airport Expo in Dubai, UAE, concluded on June 2, 2011, after participation from 160 exhibitors and 63 members of the Hosted Buyers Programme.
The show, organised by REED Exhibitions Middle East, acted as a global platform for senior experts specialising in aviation, technology, security and airport equipment and services.
Engineer Mohamed Ahmed Abed, Director General of King Abdulaziz International Airport, and General Supervisor of the new project, said: “Our participation at the Airport Show 2011 provided great business opportunities.”
Several announcements were made at the show.
Vikram Sodha, Project Director at the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan said: “This is our fourth consecutive participation at the Airport Show. This year, [we] utilised this platform to meet with suppliers who offer energy efficient, environment- and user-friendly equipment. Ongoing discussions have been taking place with other exhibitors such as Siemens, Cavotec, DBA and ADPi on possibilities for expanding cooperation in projects to develop the Benazir Bhutto Airport in Pakistan.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Khalid Al-Mazrui, Director General at Fujairah International Airport (FJR), announced at a show press conference that AED 100 million would be allocated to FJR in 2012. This is in addition to AED 50 million already invested in expansion for the airport this year alone.
FJR also announced an AED 10 million deal with ALES for the supply of the Air Traffic Control System and ERA for the Wide Area Multilateration radar.
The ‘Airport Leaders Summit’ was also held on the sidelines of the exhibition and focused on security, sustainable expansion and current economic concerns. It was also a platform to discuss solutions to strategic issues the industry faces in the wake of the global economic uncertainty, rigid credit markets, high fuel prices and changing regulatory norms.