The inaugural edition of the Airports Council International's annual global trade show, which is returning in a new format after a two-year hiatus, will be hosted by Oman Airports Management Company.
Branded as Airports Innovate, the new event concept will reflect the rapid advancements of the industry in terms of technology, business and strategy.
"This event will be an opportunity for the global aviation community to meet, learn, inspire and collaborate", Airport Council International (ACI) said in a statement.
Jointly organised by ACI Asia-Pacific, ACI Europe and ACI World, the two-day conference will take place at Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre on December 7 and 8.
The event aims to provide a space to the World Business Partner (WBP) and airport community, as well as the Small and Emerging Airports Seminar (SEAS), to engage in one-on-one meetings and get updates on the latest trends in the industry through presentations, seminars, and workshops.
Commenting on the event, Shaikh Aimen bin Sultan al Hosni, CEO, Oman Airports, said "Oman Airports is delighted to host for the first time Airports Innovate event in Muscat. We are eager to welcome experts of the aviation community, to reconnect and exchange expertise and to share new trends and opportunities while experiencing our world-class Omani hospitality".
Packed with business, commercial and strategic leads and intelligence, the reimagined event is already set to emerge as one of the premier global aviation conferences.
"The aviation industry has once again proven its resilience, as Airports Innovate will be showcasing the critical role played by air travel to enable social and economic development. We look forward to an unforgettable event", Al Hosni said.
Airports Innovate will provide a platform for the industry to come together and network with other airports and key partners and stakeholders from Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the rest of the world.
The event offers an opportunity for industry associates to showcase their products and services as well as engage with airport members.
According to Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI Europe, innovation is now at the very core of the airport business model reset.
"This is about boosting resilience, operational efficiency and quality as much as accelerating decarbonisation – and ultimately enabling a step-change in airport economics. The way in which we foster, celebrate and collaborate in this field will mark our success in years to come. That is why I'm convinced that this event will not only be the gathering of the smartest technologies and the freshest thinking, it will also position us all – globally – for a vibrant and robust future," he said.