Airport Show-2022 to have a focus on ‘digital’ airports

posted on 19th January 2022 by Eddie Saunders
Airport Show-2022 to have a focus on 'digital' airports

A diverse range of technologically advance and innovative products will be displayed at the Airport Show 2022.

The world’s largest airport industry B2B platform, organized by Reed Exhibitions Middle East, will provide insights into the investments planned by the world’s airports until 2040.

The 21st edition will be held from May 17 to 19 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, and Patron of Airport Show, said: “The Airport Show has provided over the past two decades products and services to create most advanced aviation facilities in the world.”

Airports are realizing IT, automation and digital transformation play an important role in efficiency, safety and customer experience.

An IATA Global Passenger Survey across 153 countries revealed passengers expect technology to give them more “personal control over their travel experience” and greater automation of airport processes like security and border control which they called the “biggest pain points”.

The annual expenditure on airport security systems alone is set to top US$12.67 billion by 2023.

The global airport technologies market is expected to grow to more than US$13 billion at an annual growth rate of almost five per cent through 2022.

According to Frost & Sullivan, airport IT spending is to touch US$4.63 billion by 2023. The smart airports market is projected to grow to US$6.4 billion by 2025.

Firas Abu Ltaif, Exhibition Manager at Reeds Exhibitions, said: “The aviation industry needs to prepare itself for the boom period in the near future.

“Airports and airlines across the world are now on their way to recovery.

“After a decade of consistent and robust growth in global passenger traffic, the pandemic halted the surge in airports, causing total passenger numbers for that year to drop sharply to a level not seen in the world’s airports since 1997.”

According to ACI, airports will be spending US$2.4 trillion until the year 2040 to maintain, upgrade, expand and modernize airport infrastructure to deal with any conditions in the future similar to the challenges faced during the pandemic.