21st Airport Show to showcase latest sustainability technologies

By Salma C, Intern Reporter
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The 21st Edition of the Airport Show, the world’s largest airport industry B2B platform, will be held in the second week of May at the Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC) with a focus on sustainability to ensure a better future for the airport industry.

The show, held under the patronage of 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, will provide insights about airports facing the sustainability challenge.

Due to the harsh summers and limited water supply, most areas in the region are more vulnerable to climate change, so airports are using eco-friendly reclaimed wood, daylight systems, and water purification technologies.

The Middle East aviation market is expected to reach the $23.07 billion mark in 2026.

In partnership with dnata, the Airport Show will launch an e-Apron zone that will provide exhibitors an opportunity to display electric and hybrid ground handling equipment and GSE.

Mr. Raed Younes, Vice President, UAE and Regional Business Development at dnata stated that “Reducing the carbon footprint is a key target for dnata as a world-leading air and travel services provider at 129 airports and we expect more exhibitors will join our efforts for more sustainable operations.”

Airport operations focus on reviewing the severity of environmental impacts such as carbon emissions, energy consumption, air and noise pollution, waste treatment, and biodiversity. They practice innovative, non-traditional, and alternative solutions through operational efficiency to achieve significant sustainability.

More than 90 airports will achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. More than 350 airports around the world have been successfully recognized under the ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation Program, which represents 46.1 percent of global air traffic. This led to a decline in CO2 of more than 322,000 tons per annum. About 242 airports have signed up individually to achieve that goal.

To achieve the commitment to the environment with airport infrastructure development requires new technologies and innovations to improve operations and reduce their environmental footprint. According to a new study by ACI, airports need to modernize their infrastructure to improve sustainability and resilience if they are to meet future passenger demand and meet net-zero carbon emissions.

Airport Show will support airports in their ‘green’ initiatives, such as reducing carbon footprint in all activities and deploying their programs to net-zero emissions by 2050.

The co-located events of Airport Show

  • ATC Forum
  • Airport Security Middle East
  • Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF)
  • Women in Aviation (WIA) Forum
  • Airport Passengers Experience Conference
  • Future GSE Summit

The event will showcase the latest sustainability technologies in the field of airport and aviation, said Reed Exhibitions Middle East, organizer of the show.

Mr. Firas Abu Latif, Exhibition Manager at Reeds Exhibitions, remarked that “Airports require to be fully prepared for the boom coming soon. Airports, as part of the ecosystem, are working their ways in the climate change domain. The Airport Show added sustainability to its agenda as the airports on every continent have been focusing on ways to cope with the climate change challenges and the ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation program moving fast on its missions.”

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