With the Middle East, and in particular the GCC, emerging as major international air travel hub, aviation security will be a key point of interest at Intersec 2016.
Investment in the airport security market continues to rise; a March 2015 report titled ‘Global Airport Security Technology Market Assessment’ by analysts Frost & Sullivan, estimated the global annual spend on airport security would surge to US $12.67 billion in 2023, up from US $8.22 billion in 2014.
The increase in investment comes as the Middle East outpaces global growth in air traffic; according to estimates by Airbus Industrie over the next 20 years (2015-2034) air traffic in the Middle East is expected to grow six per cent annually, compared to the world average growth of 4.6 per cent.
This will drive a need for nearly 2,460 new passenger and freighter aircraft valued at US $590 billion. By 2034, the fleet of passenger and freighter aircraft in the Middle East will almost treble from nearly 1,100 in 2015, to over 2,950 by 2034.
This is why many of the world’s foremost security providers that specialise in aviation and airport security will showcase their latest solutions at Intersec 2016.
Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the organiser of Intersec, said: “The rise of big three Gulf carriers, Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad, is the driving force of international trans-continental travel. The growth in their travel hubs and the surge in passenger numbers passing through terminals, along with air freight and cargo, means global airport and aviation security majors are expecting the Middle East to become a big market for cutting-edge technologies and the latest in security systems.
“The highly-evolving nature of security threats to global air travel increases demand for the latest command and control facilities, enhanced security communication channels, access control and monitoring systems, all of which will be on show at Intersec 2016.”