A total of 4,314 industry buyers filled the aisles at the latest edition of inter airport China which took place from 5-7 September in Beijing.
In what was already a record-breaking edition, in terms of exhibition space, the largest ever inter airport China also broke visitor records, equating to a 22 per cent increase on the visitor number from the 2016 show.
120 of the world’s leading suppliers displayed the latest technologies, equipment and solutions to visitors responsible for delivering China’s ambitious airport infrastructure and development plans. inter airport reflected the many opportunities in the Chinese market with exhibition space at the show increasing by 20% on the previous edition, hence becoming the largest inter airport held outside of Europe.
Daniel Shi, Vice President of organiser Mack Brooks Exhibitions Shanghai said: “inter airport China is the must attend airport event for the Chinese airport sector and for those looking to establish or strengthen their presence in this market. This show reflects the great opportunities available in China. Plans are already underway to further enhance the show for 2020.
“Feedback from exhibitors has been excellent and the show has clearly delivered both quality and quantity of visitors. Additional exhibition space will be made available for the next edition.”
During the opening ceremony Ren Yu, Deputy Party Secretary of China Aviation Suppliers Holding Company said: “Since 2002 inter airport China has become the largest professional exhibition in the field of airport development in the Asia Pacific region.
“The first seven exhibitions have achieved great success, fully demonstrating the latest developments in global airport development, cutting-edge technologies and equipment, whilst establishing a platform for exchanges and cooperation between domestic airports and world-renowned airport equipment suppliers. The show continues to play a positive role in the construction and development of our national airports.”
Exhibitors reported a very successful three days at the show. Michael Schneider, Executive VP of Siemens, Postal, Parcel and Airport Logistics said “We have new projects and in fact we have been awarded new contracts and we want to meet our customers and celebrate with our colleagues in a vibrant market place. inter airport is the place to be and a key exhibition in this market and why we choose to come here every time.”
In addition, the exhibition also welcomed over 250 delegates to the high-level conference sessions hosted by lead media partner Civil Aviation Management Magazine. They also organised an extensive drop-in seminar program in the hall.
Prevailing subjects in the aisles, on the stands and in the conferences included the number of hub and regional airports being vigorously constructed during China’s ‘13th 5-year plan’. It is estimated – according to Yu – that by the end of the current five-year plan 260 trunkairports will be built and more than 500 general airports will be completed and operational.
These projects will provide a multitude of business opportunities for equipment manufacturers and suppliers of airport equipment all over the world.
Shi further explained: “Requests for exhibition space are already coming in for inter airport China 2020 and preparations are well under way for the next edition, which will be held once again in Beijing, we expect to announce the exact dates in spring 2019.
“Companies that are planning to exhibit at the 9th edition of inter airport China are recommended to contact us as soon as possible. Although extra space will be made available, it is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.”
The next exhibition of the inter airport series will take place in South East Asia – Singapore from the 27 February to 1 March 2019 before it returns to Munich for the “mother show” inter airport Europe from the 8-11 October 2019.