Recent statistics from the UAE airspace state that growth will continue to be the trend.
Looking back in time, in 1986 UAE airspace saw only 342 daily aircraft movements while in 2014 the average is 2250 daily aircraft movements.
Riding on this growth, HE Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, minister of economy and chairman of General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is of the opinion that UAE has an ‘outstanding’ aviation infrastructure and its airports are globally ‘recognized’ for having the most-advanced infrastructure and technology.
He further adds: “This recognition is well reflected in increasing number of passengers using our airports and rapid growth in passenger numbers in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah airports.”
For 2030, the GCAA anticipates over 5100 daily aircraft movements, making the UAE one of the busiest airspaces in the world. The number of aircraft registered in the UAE has reached 762 in 2014 and UAE airlines have 604 aircraft on order until 2030, the minister disclosed.
The conference ‘Future of Borders’ is being held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) and chairman of Dubai Airports. The event is scheduled to be held on 11-12 March 2015.
Over 24 experts from 12 countries and international organizations will address the conference at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in DIFC. Over 500 delegates are expected to attend, including interior ministers, heads of border control, airlines CEOs, airports operators and representatives of international organizations such as IATA, ICAO and ACI.
Major general Obaid Mohair bin Suroor, deputy director general of GDRFA-Dubai, said with Dubai airports projected to receive over 100 million passengers by 2020, the GDRFA-Dubai plans to launch an Advance Passenger Information System (APIS).
The APIS aims to raise security at airports and at the same time reduce time of passenger-checking procedures to less than 20 seconds. At a later stage, the government will circulate guidelines to all airlines to follow the suit and benefit from the APIS. GDRFA-Dubai will be also be launching APIS for cruise tourists by mid-2015.