Airport attention braced for multi-faceted final of growth

MUSCAT – The 11th ACI Airport Exchange1 discussion exhibition takes place in Muscat, Oman this week, hosted by Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC), underneath a thesis “Leading airports toward operational excellence, profitability and patron service.”

The eventuality is staged jointly by ACI Europe, ACI Asia-Pacific and ACI World and combines an endless airfield services apparatus muster and 4 dilettante discussion streams addressing all aspects of airfield government operations.

Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI Europe commented “Airport Exchange is an eventuality that allows us to see a accumulative trends of a past year and demeanour by a lens of what’s entrance down a line, in all aspects of a airfield business. Our host, Oman Airports Management Company is during a forefront of this process, about to open a code new state of a art trickery for Muscat, with a settled aspiration of being ranked among a Top 20 best airports in a universe by 2020 and positioning itself as a competing heart for other vital European, Middle East and Asian airports.”

Traffic enlargement – Europe to stay No2 worldwide
The eventuality takes place during a time when augmenting direct for atmosphere transport and connectivity is putting renewed vigour on airfield comforts staff – all in a context of augmenting risks to a business, in sold due to geopolitical volatility.

Last year, Europe’s airports welcomed an additional 100 million passengers, creation them a largest contributors (21.5%) to tellurian aviation growth, along with Chinese airports (21.6%). This year is set to be nonetheless another record year with newcomer trade carrying so distant increasing by +8.6% (January to October).

Looking ahead, ACI is now forecasting that newcomer trade in Europe will some-more than double by 2040 (+112.3%), with a continent’s airports due to accommodate 4.36 billion passengers (up from 2.05 billion final year). This means that Europe will keep a position as a second largest aviation marketplace after Asia-Pacific – with 1 billion some-more passengers than North America (3.36 billion) in 2040.

Olivier Jankovec, Director General ACI Europe commented ”The arrogance that Europe is an aviation marketplace reaching majority with reduce enlargement prospects needs to be reconsidered. Along with a continued enlargement of Low Cost Carriers and some-more fit aircraft technology, new dynamics in a transport tourism zone will keep pushing direct for atmosphere travel. This means that while exponential trade enlargement is going to be a safety of rising markets, Europe’s airports will still have poignant trade intensity – for that they will need to devise and deposit accordingly.”

Capacity Congestion
Against that background, airfield ability looks set to be a vital bottleneck for aviation in Europe. This is heightening airports’ hunt for potency gains and innovations that can assistance offer optimize a use of existent facilities, by changes in operative culture, investment in digital technologies and more.

Optimising Existing Capacity
At ACI Airport Exchange in 2008, ACI Europe and EUROCONTROL launched a joint-action devise for a roll-out of Airport-Collaborative Decision-Making (A-CDM) during European airports. Ever given then, a eventuality has also served as a pen to check a swell of a roll-out of A-CDM.

There are now 26 vital airports that have entirely implemented A-CDM (including electronic data-sharing with a Network Manager), delivering potency gains for passengers and airlines – providing a pre-requisite for airports to turn belligerent co-ordinators3. A-CDM is also aligned with a investments being done by airports as partial of a deployment of SESAR – a pivotal member in achieving a EU’s flagship aviation project, a Single European Sky.                   

Europe’s airports have heavily focused on cost assets and efficiencies given 2008, achieving normal handling cost reductions of -18.2% on a per newcomer basis. However, in sequence to continue to broach peculiarity and increasing airfield ability to offer a desirous network enlargement skeleton of airlines, some-more airfield investment is required. This implies trade with a horde of issues – trimming from digital solutions apropos some-more prevalent in newcomer facilitation and ever-evolving confidence regulations processes, to a presentation of choice fuel supplies, continued atmosphere trade control modernisation and a need to deposit in meridian resilience.

This Year’s Themes
For all of these reasons, a themes of this year’s 4 dedicated discussion streams are: a Security Crisis Management Summit; a Airport Operations Conference; a Digital Innovation Big Data Conference and a Airport Development Conference.

Airports Carbon Emissions
This year’s ACI Airport Exchange also serves as a backdrop to Oman Airports Management Company earning acceptance for 2 of a airports, within a tellurian CO standard, Airport Carbon Accreditation. At a special rite during a event, Muscat Airport perceived a Level 2 Reduction certificate for a CO2 rebate it has achieved on site, while Salalah Airport perceived a Level 1 Mapping certificate, for completing endless mapping a CO emissions sources opposite a airfield site.


1 ACI Airport Exchange is always hosted by a vital airfield endeavour a poignant growth in Europe or Asia – this year it is a code new Muscat International Airport due to open in Q1 2018. Previous editions of a eventuality were hosted by Hamad International Airport, Doha (2013) and Aeroports de Paris (2014) and Istanbul New Airport (2015). The year’s eventuality has captivated over 1,000 purebred attendees.
2 To find out some-more about ACI’s World Traffic Forecasts 2017-20140, go to:
3 Download some-more information on a judgment of airports as belligerent co-ordinators:
4 For a latest information on a Airport Carbon Accreditation and a airports in a programme, visit:

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