Global Airport Leaders’ Forum urges operators to be future-ready with technology

Event Airport Show 2023
Organiser Reed Exhibitions FZ LLC
Event Date 09.05.2023
Press Release Date 12.05.2023
  • Embrace technologies to seamlessly ensure safety and security of passengers
  • Quicken passenger handling to increase revenue for airport operators
  • RFID technology for efficient baggage handling, improve passenger experience and enhance operational efficiency

Global Airport Leaders’ Forum , co-located at the 22nd Airport Show, discussed measures to transform security at airports by bringing together leading entities responsible for airport security and plan for the future of aviation security by embracing new technologies.

Suggestions have been made to bridge the communication and collaboration gaps between airports, airlines, government authorities and law enforcement agencies and strengthen the critical lines of communication and initiate cross-party collaboration.

The Forum also urged the industry to share best practices by identifying case studies of effective collaboration in the rest of the world.

“New technologies will support different stakeholders in adopting security facilities. We want to make sure that technologies that are adopted are as seamless as possible to ensure safety to passengers, quicker passenger handling to enable more flight operations, air traffic control, ground handling and at the same time more time made available to passengers to spend time at duty free areas that will increase revenue for airport operators,” said Abdullah Al Shamsi, Senior Director of Future of Things, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP).

“It is very important to maintain balance between passenger experience and security using technology. Airports and airlines should work in tandem to ensure seamless and frictionless travel. With data mining and analytics, it is possible to check what are the peaks and lows and what are the bottlenecks during peak hours and which sectors,” said Dr. Majid Alsarrah, Industry Expert and Legal Adviser, UAE.

Passengers benefit from technology, less check-in time, e-gate, RFID technology for efficient baggage handling, improve passenger experience and enhance operational efficiency.

The Airport Security Technology panel urged the industry to leverage AI-driven cyber security solutions, 5G, IoT and facial recognition system to optimize safety and security at airports, and embrace the latest technology to expedite the movement of passengers while maintaining the highest security standards.

“Airport operators should understand the importance of viewing passengers as customers and treating their time accordingly. They should invest in technology for digital identity and biometrics for seamless international travel, future-proof body scanners to enhance security measures without compromising on privacy,” said Shantanu Gangakhedkar, Senior Consultant, Aerospace & Defense, Frost & Sullivan.

The forum also discussed measures to manage the shortage of skilled labour in aviation.

Airport Show, organized by RX Global, is supported by Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects, Dubai Airports and dnata, and sponsored by ADB Safegate, Smiths Detection and HADID International Services.


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