The organiser’s of the 6th edition of inter airport South East Asia Singapore which took place from 27 February to 1 March at Singapore Expo said 4,187 airport industry professionals attended the event.
Mack Brooks Exhibitions Ltd said 2,574 of the attendees were qualified airport equipment buyers from the South East Asia region who spent three days learning, discovering, networking and experiencing the latest products and innovations available specifically for the South East Asian region.
This represents a buyer increase of 15 per cent when compared to the 2017 edition. It follows a 22 per cent increase in the size of the exhibition which includes 190 exhibitors up from 145 in 2017. Airport authorities and buyers from major airports around the region where amongst the crowds over the three show days.
Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia senior assistant director, Khairul Nazmi Zainol Ariffin said: “The event gave us plenty of experience from networking with Civil Aviation Industry players from around the globe and particularly from SEA, sharing experience and knowledge, and technology fresh from suppliers. It’s a great experience which I will share and connect with our aviation industry in Malaysia.”
Clark International Airport Corporation vice president for Airport Operations Management Group, Raul L. Del Rosario added: “inter airport South East Asia has proved very important for us and other airfields in the Philippines. We had some very good meetings with suppliers here, which will help us further develop airports for our country.”
Visitors came from 56 countries including all the counties in the Asia-Pacific region.
A healthy mixture of technologies ranging from ground support equipment to security, airport furniture and baggage handling solutions significantly featured at the event.
Exhibitors from 33 countries were represented including major pavilions from Germany (GATE – German Airport Technology and Equipment), Korea, France (Proavia) and the UK (British Airport Services & Equipment Association).
Sinfonia general manager, Koji Matsushita said: “This is the first time we exhibited the belt loader and there has been a great response, including many potential customers, we got a lot of inquiries.”
Baggage handling leader Vanderlande, were showcasing FLEET: “FLEET is the world’s first baggage sorting application in live operation. We are very proud to be able to showcase this innovative, award winning solution at inter airport South East Asia,” said Vanderlande systems concepting director, Gijs Bartelet.
Also, part of the experience at inter airport for attendees was a series of cutting-edge seminars hosted by exhibitors in addition to the co-located, high level conference – Smart Airports South East Asia over the first two days of the exhibition.
Exhibition manager for inter airport South East Asia Suwapit (Annie) Ajunarnasun added: “We have heard from both visitors and exhibitors that some very fruitful discussions have taken place over the course of the exhibition. We have received reports of significant deals and sales from the show floor.
“The exhibition continues to provide world class solutions to the demands on airports in this region. We have already received numerous rebooking’s for the next edition in 2021, to which we have reacted by making significantly more space available to exhibitors.”
Dates for the 7th edition of inter airport South East Asia were announced during the show. The regions airport industry will again meet in Singapore from the 24-26 February 2021.
inter airport will return for the ‘Mother show’ inter airport Europe in Munich from the 8-11 October 2019 before heading to Beijing in September 2020 and then returning the South East Asia in 2021.