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Airports Innovate event kicks off in Muscat, aims to transform the future of air travel

November 19, 2023

Muscat, 20 November 2023 – ACI Asia-Pacific & Middle East, ACI EUROPE, and ACI World today kick off Airports Innovate, a global aviation event centred around innovation.  

Themed “Dynamic Think Tank – Reveal the Future,” this brand-new event will capture the latest innovations that are transforming the global airport industry. The conference is hosted by Oman Airports in Muscat from 20–22 November 2023.  

With an anticipated capacity of 400+ delegates, 30+ exhibitors and sponsors, and 60+ speakers, this event will bring together an influential audience comprising global airport leaders and their innovation labs, aviation technology developers, airlines, Civil Aviation Authorities, industry suppliers, mobility experts, start-ups and more. 

Airports Innovate will encompass a wide range of topics critical to the airport industry, including Airport Design, Artificial Intelligence & Big Data, Business Solutions, Green Innovation & Sustainability, Innovation Labs, Customer Experience, Digital Transformation and Infrastructure, eCommerce & Retail, electric Vertical Take Off and Landing (eVTOL) & Advanced Air Mobility, Facilitation & Operations, Future of Workforce,  Mobility & Connectivity, Risk Management, Security & Cyber Security, Smart Cities, Metaverse, and Brand Strategy. 

In the ever-evolving landscape of airports, innovation is the driving force behind progress, from operational advancements, cost efficiencies, enhanced customer experience and stakeholder alignment to sustainable and decarbonized infrastructure. Airports Innovate is conceived as a premier global event that captures the essence of transformation and seeks out-of-the-box ideas. It serves as a platform for game-changers, innovators, start-ups, and the brightest minds in technology to display their disruptive ideas and solutions, which have the potential to revolutionize the future of airports.  

Luis Felipe de Oliveira, Director General at ACI World, said: “When the wings of progress meet the soaring wonders of air travel, you get Airports Innovate – the premier event dedicated to capturing the remarkable innovations that are transforming the future of air travel. We are excited to be joining forces with ACI Asia-Pacific and Middle East, ACI EUROPE, and host Oman Airports, to curate a platform that gathers a reservoir of ingenuity spanning all corners of the realm and across intersecting domains. This event is for those looking to be architects of sustainable change in the ever-evolving world of air transport.”Sheikh Ayman bin Ahmed Al Hosni, CEO of Oman Airports and Chair of ACI World, said “We are proud to host this significant event in our beautiful ancient city of Muscat. We are honoured that airport officials from the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, and America come here to think outside the box to create an integrated working environment that aspires towards a bright future for the global aviation sector. Innovation has become a fundamental necessity, especially in the field of airports and travel. Our competitiveness prompts us to work towards improving the travel experience for millions of passengers who trust in our capabilities as airport operators. This gathering symbolizes our shared commitment to leadership in a new era of innovative solutions, leading technologies, and cooperative strategies that will shape the future of airports worldwide.” 

About ACI 

Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, is a federated organization comprising ACI World, ACI Africa, ACI Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, ACI EUROPE, ACI Latin America and the Caribbean and ACI North America. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient, and environmentally sustainable. As of January 2023, ACI serves 712 members, operating 1925 airports in 171 countries.

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