ICAO, IATA, ACI, SITA and EUROCONTOL veterans to speak at GALF 2015

07 Apr 2015

  • Two-day forum to discuss industry’s complex issues
  • Airspace congestion and airport designing on agenda
  • Technology key to sustained future growth
  • Angele Gittens:  Airports are highly complex businesses 
  • Khalifa Al Zaffin: UAE is committed to aviation growth
  • GALF to pave the way to industry partnerships
  • FAM trip to Dubai World Central for participants

The 3rd edition of Global Airport Leaders’ Forum (GALF), slated to take place alongside the 15th edition of Airport Show at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) from 11-12 May, will have a stellar line-up of aviation industry stalwarts as speakers including top decision-makers from the ICAO, IATA, ACI, SITA and EUROCONTROL. 

Being organized by Reed Exhibitions Middle East, both events will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group. The iconic knowledge-sharing platform is being sponsored by emaratech, Dynaflow, Hill International and Egis Avia.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed said GALF has been bringing international aviation experts and leaders to Dubai for an unparalleled knowledge and expertise sharing experience which will contribute to our combined efforts towards the sustained growth of the global aviation industry.
He remarked: “The importance of airports as global travel hubs has been growing. The massive airport expansions are needed to accommodate the growth in air traffic and airport development continues to play a strategic role in our future growth agenda. The huge and consistent aviation investments will have a positive impact for all the industry stakeholders.”

Angela Gittens, Director General of Airports Council International (ACI), a key GALF 2015 speaker, said: “Airports are no longer simply points of departure and arrival; they are highly complex businesses in their own right which require the coordination of a vast number of stakeholders if safety, security and efficiency are to be maximized. If one piece of the puzzle is out of sync there are often far-reaching consequences. Airport Show and the GALF are useful forums for discussing these issues.”

Another key speaker, Eng. Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation which is developing Dubai World Central (DWC), said: “The UAE has always been very passionate about its airlines and airports. The UAE has a long-term commitment towards the industry.  Success in tackling airspace and regulatory issues are the key to sustained growth. Airport Show and GALF are apex platforms that facilitate meaningful debates by bringing together key stakeholders, thus paving the way to partnerships, opportunities and issue resolution.”

His Excellency Eng. Sultan Al Mansoori, UAE’s Minister of Economy and Chairman of General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), will deliver a key note address on the opening day.

The confirmed international speakers for GALF 2015 include Raymond Benjamin, Secretary General, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Hussein Dabbas, Regional Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at International Air Transport Association (IATA), David Chawota  CEO, Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe,  Philippe Merlo, Director of  Air Traffic Management at Eurocontrol, Massimiliano Fuksas, internationally renowned architect of Shenzen Bao’an International Airport in China, Matthys Serfontein, Vice President of Airport Solutions at SITA, Ivonne Kuger, Head of Consulting at Munich Airport, and Andreas Wittmer, Managing Director of Switzerland-based Center for Aviation Competence.  

The speakers from GCC region are Dr. Faisal Hamad Al Sugair, Vice Chairman and Vice President of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Mohamed Al Binfalah, CEO of Bahrain Airport Company, and Jeffrey Johnson, President of Boeing Middle East.

Speakers from the UAE include Major General (Pilot) Ahmed Bin Thani, Assistant Commander for Seaports and Airports Affairs at Dubai Police, Thani Abdulla Al Zaffin, Director General and Board Member, emaratech Mohammed Al Rais, Middle East Regional President, Hill International, Georges Hannouche, CEO, Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies (BAES) and Nils Olf Svan, Vice President  of Dubai Air Navigation Services (DANS).

Daniyal Qureshi, Group Exhibition Director at Reed Exhibitions Middle East, said: “The Middle East aviation industry is a key component of the region’s economic diversification strategy and has been amongst the fastest growing globally. The pace of modernization and expansion is expected to even increase over the next decade.

“Regional aviation leaders are keen to develop the most technologically advanced, passenger friendly and operationally efficient facilities in the world. GALF has become an annual industry think-tank that presents global best practices, new ideas and a highly-essential opportunity for the regional aviation industry to cooperate with experts, innovators and industry leaders from around the world.”

Over 300 delegates are expected to participate, including senior management representatives of airports, airlines, Maintenance, Repairs and Overhaul (MRO) operators, Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), Ground Handling and Technology companies.  Reed Exhibitions, which is working with Nadd Al Shiba PR & Event Management as the Conference Producer, said there has been an overwhelming response from the industry professionals to GALF-2015.  A familiarization tour of the Dubai World Central (DWC) will be organized for participants.

The Middle East is expected to see US$100 billion in airport development over the next five years. About $40 billion airport investments are in place in the GCC, with the UAE topping the list. The UAE airports handled 101 million passengers last year. The UAE airspace had an average of 2,250 daily aircraft movements in 2014, which, by 2030, will reach 5,100, making the UAE one of the busiest airspaces in the world. The Middle East carriers had in 2014 the strongest annual traffic growth of all regions at 13 per cent.

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