US$3 billion technology boost for regional airports

The region’s airport sector has witnessed a surge in tourist arrivals, with regional hub Dubai International Airport alone expecting 60 million visitors by 2015.

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By  Angela Prasad Published  May 24, 2005

Spending on airport infrastructure and development will hit US$15 billion over the next five years, according to Bayanat-DPS, integrator of airport systems. With US$5.8 billion earmarked for projects in the UAE alone, with the construction of a third terminal at Dubai International Airport, the development of new airports at Jebel Ali and Ajman, and expansion plans for Abu Dhabi and Sharjah International Airports, airport authorities claim technology will help reduce operational costs, while allowing for optimisation of existing resources. “The sums that are being spent on ensuring the Middle East’s network of airport facilities remain among the best in the world is staggering, and is indicative of the commitment of the governments and aviation authorities to delivering a world-class service to travellers,” says Georges Hannouche, CEO of Bayanat-DPS. “Through technology, they can ensure the facilities are in place to effectively and safely cater to the rise in flight traffic and airline passengers.” Over the last five years, the region’s airport sector has witnessed a surge in tourist arrivals, with regional hub Dubai International Airport alone expecting 60 million visitors by 2015. With the region’s authorities diversifying their economies to capitalise on the tourist boom, and the emergence of global travel hubs, industry experts are predicting that the aviation industry is set to go from strength to strength. “In line with the expansion that we are observing, we are also seeing an exponential growth in demand for the latest airport technologies, as airports seek to upgrade their flight management capabilities. The introduction of new airlines, and the new super-jumbos they will fly, will mean that airports will also have to install special airport technologies to cater to the rising numbers and size of aircraft,” adds Hannouche. Having delivered airport technology solutions for Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Fujairah and Sharjah airports in the UAE, Bayanat-DPS’ services include flight information display systems, check-in and baggage handling solutions, instrument landing systems, radars, simulators and network infrastructures. “Through developing next-generation facilities, Middle East airports will ensure they remain ahead of the rest of the world in providing airlines, passengers and the industry in general with unique services. By advancing their technology, they will also be boosting their short, medium and long-term business.”

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