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Recent reports state that Middle East outpaces global growth in air traffic, airports in the region are investing millions of dollars toward airport technology and system upgrades to ensure seamless passenger experience along with security.
According to IATA, Middle East will grow strongly and see an additional 237 million passengers a year by 2034 and global trade association estimates total market size will be 383 m passengers. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) leads aviation growth in the region.
To effectively handle rapid growth, airports are increasingly focusing on investing in smart technology to effectively handle large passenger volumes, while ensuring security at the same time.
Mohammed Ahli, director general, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), said: “As the aviation industry continues to grow and become more complex, it is important that we reinforce an effective, transparent and honest safety culture.”
Elaborating further major general Obaid Muhair Bin Suroor, deputy director general, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai, said: “At Dubai Airports, we are using latest smart technology which is recognised as most efficient and advanced from security point of view. The number of international passengers is rapidly increasing and is estimated to cross seven billion by 2030 and according to IATA this presents its own set of challenges. We must ensure that we are able to handle the numbers without compromising on security.”
Globally, aviation industry, in addition to working with governments, is actively investing toward airport security. According to a report by Frost & Sullivan, it is estimated that the global annual spend on airport security would surge to US$12.67 billion in 2023, up from US$8.22 billion in 2014.