Show business: inter airport Europe

14 September 2011 (Last Updated September 14th, 2011 18:30)

Major players in the airport industry are about to rub shoulders at this year’s inter airport Europe in Munich, Germany. Exhibition director Nicola Hamann explains how the event covers everything from cutting-edge aviation design and technology through to airport security, sustainability and emergency management.

Show business: inter airport Europe

The 18th International Exhibition for Airport Equipment, Technology, Design & Services, inter airport Europe 2011, will be held from 11-14 October 2011 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre.

Some 550 exhibitors from 33 countries will present their new products and services at what is a leading trade show for the airport industry. In two exhibition halls and the adjacent outdoor area, airport professionals will find a comprehensive range of airport equipment and services for terminal, terminal-adjoining facilities, runway, apron and hangar.
Inspiring better airports

"With its theme, 'Inspiring better airports', this year's show puts a special focus on the challenges airport operators are currently facing," says Nicola Hamann, exhibition director on behalf of the organisers, Mack Brooks Exhibitions. "Customer-friendly services, efficient security screening, energy-saving GSE, as well as intelligent passenger, baggage and cargo handling, are more vital than ever in the highly competitive environment of the airport industry. inter airport Europe 2011 will give its visitors a comprehensive overview of the latest equipment available and of trendsetting developments in airport construction and operating.

"While passenger and cargo traffic continue to recover compared with last year's figures, the economic situation for the airport industry remains uncertain," she continues. "Incidents such as the earthquake in Japan and the political situations in the Middle East and North Africa had a severe impact on air traffic figures in these regions.

"On the other hand," she stresses, "general growth trends in the economy, with booming markets such as China, have had a positive effect, particularly on business travel and the cargo sector. Despite the volatile markets, the outlook for the second half of this year is optimistic. Therefore, the airport industry must now be able to quickly adapt to changing demand and set the course for the future by sourcing state-of-the-art equipment and intelligent services."

Equipment and services

Renowned as a one-stop shop for the entire airport industry, inter airport Europe brings together international suppliers, buyers, consultants, operators and industry experts from airports, airlines, cargo carriers and aviation support operators. More than 12,000 trade visitors from 120 countries attended the previous show in 2009.

The exhibition categories of inter airport Europe include: interRAMP (ground support equipment, ground handling and airfield facilities), interTERMINAL (terminal operations, infrastructure and technical installations), interDATA (information technology and software, data processing and hardware) and interDESIGN (interior specifications and furnishings, architectural components and other design elements).

In 2011 inter airport Europe is once again set to attract visitors from all over the world. As in previous years, national pavilions will be arranged by business and airport associations from a number of countries, in support of their national industries, to showcase their strengths and advantages.

Seven countries will be represented with national pavilions: Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, North America and the UK.

In addition, industry associations involved in the event include BASEA (the British Airport & Services Equipment Association); the Danish Airport Group; Entre Marketing, Finland; GATE (German Airport Technology & Equipment); NAT (the Netherlands Airport Technology Group); and UBI France.

Conferences

A series of conferences will take place alongside the main inter airport Europe exhibition 2011. 'Emergency Management and Civil Protection' offers a variety of sessions on emergency management, chaired by international speakers.

The 'Smart Airports' series of conferences includes themes such as smart airport design and development, sustainable green airports, airport security, airport IT and automation. Up-to-date conference programmes can be found on the inter airport show website.

Both conferences will take place in the ICM International Conference Centre, which is located at the Munich Trade Fair Centre. ¦

inter airport Europe

Venue: Halls B5 and B6, Munich Trade Fair Centre, East (Ost) entrance, 81823 Munich, Germany

Opening hours: Tuesday 11-Thursday 13 October 2011, 09.00-17.00
Friday 14 October 2011, 09.00-15.00

Website: www.interairport.com/europe


Future Airport
This article was first published in our sister publication Future Airport.