Delegates at inter airport Europe 2011 were welcomed to the show earlier today at an official opening ceremony, followed by the very first inter airport Europe Innovation Awards.
The audience was addressed by Stephen Brooks, Chairman Mack Brooks Exhibitions Ltd, Dr Michael Kerkloh, President and CEO Munich Airport, and Dieter Heinz, President of GATE, Inc. (German Airport Technology and Equipment Trade Association).
Mr Brooks told the audience: “In today’s airport business, modern equipment, sustainable solutions and top quality services are crucial for every airport that would like to strengthen its position in this highly competitive environment. This applies to small regional airports, to international hubs and to mega airport cities alike.”
Dr Kerkloh agreed, stating that efficiency and sustainability are important aspects highlighted at this year’s inter airport. “I hope that this trade fair sends out signals that inspire confidence,” he said, adding that: “We are working in an industry accustomed to handling crises, whose biggest strength is its ability to emerge unscathed from occasional turbulence and continue its steady ascent.”
The inter airport Europe Innovation Awards were also announced at the ceremony. The awards attempt to “recognise ground-breaking advances in areas such as passengers and freight handling solutions, modern airports, intelligent data share and environmental friendliness,” said Mr Brooks.
The winners were: in the interDATA category, the UK’s Northrop Grumman for its ARC – Airport Realtime Collaboration product. In the interRAMP category, the winner was Israel Aerospace Industries for its product TAXIBOT. In the interDESIGN category, Turkish company Tautmann won with its innovative Stackable Wheelchair – Space Saver. And the joint venture Integrated Robot Loading from Dutch company Vanderlande Industries and German company Grenzebach Automation won the interTERMINAL award.