inter airport Europe 2011 presents Innovation Awards

St Albans, (PresseBox) - inter airport Europe 2011, the 18th International Exhibition for Airport Equipment, Technology, Design and Services, opened its doors today. Renowned as the world’s leading trade exhibition for the international airport industry, inter airport Europe showcases a comprehensive range of products and services, whether for terminal, terminal-adjoining facilities, runway, apron or hangar. This year’s show features 606 exhibitors from 34 countries and covers two exhibition halls and the adjacent outdoor area at the Munich Trade Fair Centre.

During today’s Opening Ceremony, Stephen Brooks, Chairman of the organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions; Dr Michael Kerkloh, President and CEO of Munich Airport, and Dieter Heinz, President of GATE, the German Airport Technology and Equipment Trade Association, addressed the audience.

“On the whole, 2011 has not been a bad year so far for the airport sector in Europe or for Munich Airport, even if the growth trend has lost some momentum in the second half as the economic outlook has become cloudier. At Munich Airport we can still report significant gains through the end of the third quarter as compared with the previous year. As compared with 2010, we had a huge 10 percent gain in total passenger traffic over the first nine months, and the number of take-offs and landings was up by 6 percent,” said Dr Kerkloh during the Opening Ceremony.

Dieter Heinz gave a summary of inter airport’s history: “Since inter airport’s launch event some 35 years ago, the airport industry has developed from the stone age to the iron age - where rollers, ball mats, trolleys, trucks and ladders have been the centre of the show – the IT age into the security age. Today, carbon free and green airports are the focus of the industry and I am already wondering what age begins next. The objective should be to reach one day the stress-free airport in a peaceful global society.”

For the first time at this year’s show, inter airport Europe has awarded prizes for innovative exhibits in the four exhibition categories: interTERMINAL, interDATA, interRAMP and interDESIGN. Some ninety companies have sent in their applications. For the selection of the award winners, the organisers had appointed an independent jury of international airport experts: Ben Vogel, Editor of Jane’s Airport Review; Michael Zaddach, Head of IT Services at Munich Airport; Martin Lamprecht, Publisher of Momberger Airport Information, and Greg Ballentine, Senior Aviation Planner and Architect, GENIVAR.

The inter airport 2011 Innovation Award in the category of interDATA went to Northrop Grumman, United Kingdom, for their innovation “ARC – Airport Realtime Collaboration”; an IT solution for airports that facilitates significant operational improvements, with positive results in efficiencies while reducing clomplexities.

In the interRAMP category, Israel Aerospace Industries was the winner for their product TAXIBOT, developed to limit airline greenhouse gas emissions. TAXIBOT is a pilot-controlled semi-robotic towing system that allows an aircraft to taxi without using its engines.

The prize for innovation in the area of interDESIGN was awarded to the Turkish company Tautmann for their “Stackable Wheelchair – Space Saver”; a product for air travellers with reduced mobility that ties into the look and feel of modern airport terminals.

The fourth award in the category of interTERMINAL went to a product that has been developed jointly by two exhibitors: Dutch company Vanderlande Industries and German company Grenzebach Automation. “Integrated Robot Loading” is a baggage handling system that ensures a rapid and smooth flow of bags by minimising the need for staff to lift and shift them.

“Offering a large variety of new and enhanced products and services, this year’s inter airport Europe provides, once again, an excellent overview of what is available on a global scale. Many of the products and services on display at the show have just recently been developed and will be presented to a large audience for the very first time,” said Stephen Brooks, Chairman Mack Brooks Exhibitions, during the Awards Ceremony.

Visitors can discover the comprehensive range of exhibits on display at inter airport Europe 2011 until Friday, the 14th October 2011 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre.

inter airport Europe 2011 will be open from Tuesday, 11 October 2011, to Thursday, 13 October 2011, from 9.00 – 17.00, and on Friday, 14 October 2011, from 9.00 – 15.00. Entrance tickets are available at a favourable price via the online ticket shop on the inter airport Europe website www.interairport.com/europe Price for a day ticket via the online ticket shop is € 35; for a season ticket € 55; the on-site price of a day ticket is € 45; for a season ticket € 65.

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