One of the things I like about market intelligence is how multifaceted it is. There is no single source of information, no single media channel, no single place to be. It encompasses a lot of varied activities. Attending or exhibiting at trade shows is one of them, and it has changed over the last few years.
A long time ago, there was ATC Global in Maastricht, then in Amsterdam. It was then replaced by the World ATM Congress in Madrid and now Airspace World in Geneva. Airspace World is the show to attend. It offers great opportunities for networking and deepening one's understanding of ATM and of the players present in the market, and it is a great moment to see old friends and make new ones.
But other events have been getting more and more traction over the last few years. The Airport Show in Dubai has an ATC section that attracts visitors from the region and from Asia, and so does the Dubai Airshow, which takes place every two years, next in 2025. Staying in the Middle East, the Saudi Airport Exhibition also attracts ATC exhibitors, even if the timing is close to Christmas, making it a bit complicated for some people to attend.
Some events, like the Amsterdam Drone Week, are specific to some parts of the industry, and others have a broader audience, including ATM, like Inter Airport. Passenger Terminal Exhibition is another example, even if the ATM part is pretty small.
Finally, airshows like Farnborough or Le Bourget also have small ATM sections, but let's be honest, we also like to go there because it is nice to attend an air show.
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- New report comparing air traffic management performance in Europe and the United States published - European Commission - In the ongoing series of comparative reports between Europe and the US, the most recent update looks at operational as well as economic air traffic management performance. It reviews both ATM systems since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and continues to track longer term trends and disparities identified in earlier reports.
- CANSO Euro-Asia ANSP CEO Summit - The objective of this strategic Summit was to bring together CANSO Full Member CEOs from Euro-Asia’s air navigation service providers together with non-CANSO Members to discuss and address the challenges faced by our industry.
- Spain to invest EUR2.4B to expand Madrid airport - Spain will invest EUR2.4 billion (USD2.6 billion) to expand Madrid airport and turn it into one of the biggest in the European Union (EU), Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Friday.
- EASA partners with IATA to counter aviation safety threat from GNSS spoofing and jamming - EASA and IATA announced the conclusions of a workshop jointly hosted at EASA’s headquarters to combat incidents of GNSS spoofing and jamming.
Reports and data
- Passenger traffic rose 35% to 51.58 million at Mumbai airport in 2023 - In 2023, MIAL said it handled 20 per cent more Air Traffic Movements (ATMs) at 3,34,391 arrivals and departures compared to 2,77,052 ATMs recorded a year earlier.
- Passenger numbers continue rising at Singapore Changi – Airport World - Aircraft movements, which include landings and take-offs, totalled 328,000, as compared to 382,000 in 2019. Against a volatile global economic environment, airfreight throughput stood at 1.74 million tonnes for 2023, a year-on-year decline of 6%.
Research and innovation
- Engage 2 announces a PhD call to support European ATM long-term evolution - Unmanned airspace - Engage 2 has announced a call for PhDs dedicated to advancing ATM. This initiative will provide an important occasion for supporting researchers in the development of their ideas and contribute to the evolution of the European ATM system.
- Project of the month: SynthAIr - SESAR JU - A new era in synthetic data generation in aviation is on the horizon with the launch of the SynthAIr project. As Massimiliano Ruocco, coordinator, explains, the project is a response to the scarcity of relevant data for aviation and the inherent limitations of AI models in handling diverse datasets.
UAV and UTM
- DronePort Sint-Truiden partners with SkeyDrone to create a safe and innovative drone airspace - DronePort Sint-Truiden, a unique 30-hectare industry park for innovative aviation companies, has announced a strategic partnership with SkeyDrone. This partnership will allow DronePort Sint-Truiden to integrate SkeyDrone’s cutting-edge Unmanned Traffic Management solution, enabling the safe and efficient coordination of all drones operating in the different testing zones. Additionally, DronePort will leverage SkeyDrone’s advanced Traffic Information Service to obtain full situational awareness of all air traffic operating within its airspace.
- New zero emissions aviation alliance releases ConOps for electric and hybrid aircraft airspace integration - Unmanned airspace - he Alliance of Zero Emission Aviation with EUROCONTROL leading the responsible Working Group – has released a Concept of Operations for electric, hybrid-electric and hydrogen-powered aircraft on the occasion of the 3rd General Assembly. The document addresses the requirements for a future network integrating zero-emission aircraft and is focused on those aircraft that are expected to enter into service in the short and medium term.