Chief Execuive Officer of Emirates Airlines Tim Clark will discuss the rapid growth of the Middle East aviation at 30th edition of Arabian Travel Market 2023 that begins on May 1 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) and concludes on May 4.
According to a press statement, Clark will discuss Emirates’ long-term plan as it ramps up aircraft deliveries starting in 2024 while balancing expansion and addressing more significant challenges like climate change in conversation with John Strickland, Director of JLS Consulting.
This news comes amid indications of considerable improvements in the Middle East’s aviation industry, as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) says that year-over-year traffic nearly doubled in January 2023. This growth is especially evident in the UAE where Dubai International Airport (DXB) catered to more than 66 million passengers in 2022, a 127 pc rise compared to the previous year, the statement adds.
According to Mordor Intelligence analysts, the Middle East’s aviation market will expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 6 percent between 2022 and 2027, indicating that regional passenger numbers will probably continue to rise for the foreseeable future.
“Emirates has firmly established itself as an innovative trailblazer within the global aviation industry, so I cannot wait to hear how Tim and his colleagues are working to build a future-proofed and sustainable airline sector. We are looking forward to welcoming him to our Global Stage for the 30 th edition of ATM,” says Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director ME of Arabian Travel Market.
According to ATM, its upcoming edition will place a lot of emphasis on the pioneering role that Gulf airlines are playing in the decarbonisation of the aviation sector. Emirates said that one of its Boeing 777-300ERs had successfully conducted a demonstration flight using only sustainable aviation fuel earlier this year (SAF). In contrast, Etihad Airways has partnered with World Energy, an expert in carbon-net-zero solutions, as part of a long-term strategic collaboration that will lead to significant emissions reductions, adds the press statement.
The organisers of ATM say that the leading travel trade show in the region will feature sessions dedicated to air travel on day two. Following the conclusion of Emirates Returns to Growth: President of Emirates Airline in Discussion with John Strickland, experts from Boeing, Etihad and SimpliFlying will assemble on ATM’s Global Stage to discuss The Net-Zero Future of the Aviation Industry. A broad range of regional carriers will also be participating in ATM 2023 in addition to Emirates and Etihad, including flydubai, flynas, Saudia Airlines, Saudi Amad for Airport Services and Air Transport, and Cham Wings Airlines.
ATM 2023 is anticipating a 7.5 pc year-on-year uptick in both participation and exhibition space occupied by the aviation sector. The conference will explore the future of sustainable travel in line with its theme of ‘Working Towards Net Zero’. In addition to giving attendees the opportunity to identify growth strategies within important vertical sectors and give regional experts a platform to discuss a sustainable future in advance of COP28, which will take place in November 2023 at Expo City Dubai, the conference programme will also examine how innovative sustainable travel trends are likely to evolve, adds the press statement.
The statement goes on to add that at ATM’s annual exhibitor awards, the conference will also debut a sustainability category. The degree to which exhibiting organisations have thought about the environmental impact of their stands and their attempts to reduce their carbon footprint will determine how well they are recognised.