As they brace themselves to take on the world competition by strongly emerging as the new global travel hubs, the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are investing millions of dollars in airports technology and system upgrades to ensure seamless and safer passenger and freight movement.
With Middle East airports expected to be handling nearly 400 million passengers per year by 2020, constant development and upgrades to the security system are needed to deliver a better travellers’ experience, says the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Mohammed Ahli, Director General, Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA), said: “Safety of passengers/ freight and infrastructure security is not, and should not be, of a transit nature, but a constantly evolving requirement. The authorities face challenges of adopting effective safety measures whilst limiting inconvenience to the passengers. It’s crucial to adopt innovative technology, improve security and streamline efficiencies to offer a seamless passenger travel experience.”
Further according to Hussein Dabbas, Regional Vice President, International Air Transport Association (IATA) said pragmatic approach is the key to successful aviation security. “We need to balance the need to reduce risk with the need to preserve speed and efficiency with which aviation transports three billion passengers each year,” he said, explaining that these numbers are set to grow – particularly in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and other developing markets.