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A strong speaker line-up is scheduled for the third edition of Global Airport Leaders’ Forum (GALF).
The event is slated to be held alongside the 15th edition of Airport Show. The speaker list includes veterans from ICAO, IATA, ACI, SITA and EUROCONTROL.
HH 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 said: “The importance of airports as global travel hubs has been growing. The massive airport expansions are needed to accommodate 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) further added that, “Airports are no longer simply points of departure and arrival; they are highly complex businesses in their own right which require 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.”
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.
The event is expected to attract over 300 delegates which include senior management representatives of airports, airlines, Maintenance, Repairs and Overhaul (MRO) operators, Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), Ground Handling and Technology companies.