The 21st edition of inter airport Europe, the International Exhibition for Airport Equipment, Technology, Design & Services, was officially opened at the Munich Trade Fair Centre. Until Friday, 13th October 2017, a total of 657 exhibitors from 44 countries will present a unique variety of the latest airport equipment on a total net exhibition space of 31,800 square metres. This represents a 7% increase in floor space compared with the previous event. The networked airport Stephen Brooks, Chairman of the organisers, Mack Brooks Exhibitions, opened the exhibition and greeted the speakers at the ceremony: Dr. Michael Kerkloh, President & CEO Munich Airport and President ACI Europe and Dieter A. Heinz, President GATE - German Airport Technology & Equipment. Stephen Brooks gave a brief introduction into the recent topic of the airport industry, the networked airport, followed by a statement regarding the rising passenger numbers in international air transport: “Statistics from IATA show that international passenger traffic rose by 7.9% in the first half of this year, marking a 12-year high. Consequently, numerous airport planning, expansion and modernisation projects are currently under way in all regions of the world”, explained Stephen Brooks. "This year’s show will focus on digitalisation, Airport 4.0, and the improvement of procedures, from security checks to ramp operations" Future of the aviation industry In his speech, Dr. Michael Kerkloh gave a positive outlook for the future of the aviation industry and highlighted the importance of the interconnected airport: “In the lead-up to the 21st inter airport Europe, there was so much discussion that this year’s event would be dedicated mainly to the future vision of the networked airport. And there is no disputing that digitalisation and automation will be among the decisive forces driving the future development of airports.” Dieter Heinz who has been participating at inter airport since the first show in Frankfurt, also spoke about the development of the airport industry: “This year’s show will focus on digitalisation, Airport 4.0, and the improvement of procedures, from security checks to ramp operations. Acceptance of these developments will have to be discussed as well as the expectations of a new generation of smart passengers.” Innovation Awards winners After the opening ceremony, the inter airport Europe Innovation Awards were announced and handed over to the winning companies. For the second time, the award winners were selected via an online voting system on the inter airport Europe show website. Exhibitors submitted their entries in the four exhibition categories interTERMINAL, interDATA, interRAMP and interDESIGN. A fifth prize was awarded in the category interCONNECTED, covering the recent trend in the airport industry, the interconnected airport. More than 50 innovations were posted by exhibiting companies on the show website and the international airport community was invited to vote for their favourite innovation in each of the categories. A total of 3,313 airport professionals cast their votes and selected the winning companies. interterminal category Award winner 2017 for the interTERMINAL category is Vanderlande from the Netherlands. Vanderlande is awarded for their flexible logistics solution FLEET which adapts baggage handling demands overnight. It uses swarm intelligence to prioritise or react quickly to obstacles. interDATA category The award in the interDATA category went to topsystem Systemhaus GmbH from Germany. They are awarded for APHIS, their Aviation Personnel Handling and Information System. APHIS supports the creation of staff rosters to assure that employees with the required qualifications are available at the right place and the right time. Award winner 2017 for the interRAMP category is PaxLift from Italy interRAMP category Award winner 2017 for the interRAMP category is PaxLift from Italy. PaxLift is awarded for its next generation Ambulift, a new PRM transporter which provides precise control and maximum comfort within a small footprint and single driver operation. interDESIGN category Zodiac Aerospace from France received the award in the category interDESIGN, for SEN Door with mushroom locking system on ULDs. The new SEN door locking system ensures easy, quick and tight door closure without the known disadvantages of Velcro. interCONNECTED category The fifth award in the new category interCONNECTED went to Dedienne Aerospace from France. Dedienne Aerospace was awarded for ToolLive, a real-time tracking and predictive analytics service dedicated to aeronautical tools, which generates all data relevant to the maintenance of critical tools through a single connected device. It supports daily tooling management and keeps even large tooling inventories up-to-date. Stephen Brooks closed the opening and awards ceremony: “I would like to thank the award winners for their participation and their fantastic new products and services. Let me wish all exhibitors at this year’s 21st edition of inter airport Europe a successful and prosperous show and all visitors a rewarding time here at the exhibition.”
The official signing of agreement took place at the GATE stand during the tour of exhibition on the opening day of the event At this year’s 20th anniversary edition of inter airport Europe, Mack Brooks Exhibitions has renewed the partnership agreement with GATE, German Airport Technology and Equipment. In the agreement both parties declare to continue their cooperation and mutual support. “Mack Brooks has worked in partnership with GATE since the very early days of inter airport and we value very much the support, advice and co-operation that has always existed between us. With inter airport events in China and Singapore, as well as the mother show in Germany, it is of course very important to work closely with German airport technology suppliers. As such, we’re delighted to renew our on-going agreement with GATE on the 40th anniversary of the creation of inter airport and we look forward to working together for, at least, another 40 years!” said Stephen Brooks, Chairman of Mack Brooks Exhibitions, the organisers of the inter airport events. “GATE's airport exhibition strategy gives members and customers high valued orientation on events worldwide, the inter airport Europe in Munich in particular. The cooperation with the organiser Mack Brooks made this event the largest and most popular for the development in the airport industry and gave this trade its own identity in the aviation world,” said Dieter A. Heinz, President GATE. The official signing of the agreement took place at the GATE stand during the tour of the exhibition on the opening day of inter airport Europe 2015. Stephen Brooks and Dieter A. Heinz signed the new partnership in the presence of Dr Michael Kerkloh, President & CEO Munich Airport and President ADV (German Airport Association) and Ralph Beisel, CEO ADV (German Airport Association). A large number of representatives of the GATE member companies as well as international industry experts joined the ceremony. Leading event for the airport industry "We’re delighted to renew our on-going agreement with GATE on the 40th anniversary of the creation of inter airport and we look forward to working together for, at least, another 40 years", said Stephen Brooks, Chairman, Mack Brooks Exhibitions inter airport Europe is renowned as the world’s leading event for the airport industry. The show is the first choice for airport operators when it comes to sourcing airport equipment, technology and services for ground handling, terminal operations, airport IT and airport design. With its international audience of industry professionals from airports, airlines, air cargo carriers and aviation support the exhibition offers suppliers to the airport sector a unique international marketing platform. At this year’s 20th International Exhibition for Airport Equipment, Technology, Design & Services, from 6 – 9 October 2015 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre, a total of 676 exhibitors from 44 countries are presenting their products and services. Mack Brooks Exhibitions also holds a series of inter airport events in other regions of the world, such as China and South East Asia. German umbrella association for airport equipment suppliers GATE has been the German umbrella association for airport equipment suppliers since 1992. The association is a contact point and broker for solving infrastructural tasks in the airport sector worldwide. The continuously increasing complexity of logistical challenges, such as information logistics, goods logistics, passenger handling and ground support together with the task of linking them into integrated airport technology, calls for expertise that extends far beyond the skills of a single system supplier. GATE bundles this knowledge by uniting German top software, systems and equipment suppliers and their core skills into one strategic alliance. With their products and services, the associated members of GATE offer integrated solutions for optimum airport infrastructure, from terminal and retail design to ground handling.