Here are two show facts I didn't realize until after coming back from last month's inter airport Europe:
- This year's show featured more GSE than past shows: The show had been holding steady at attracting an overall total of 600 exhibitors. But this year’s show featured 20 percent more outside exhibit space. To Show Director Nicola Hamann that only means one thing:
“This is clearly GSE-related because no one will go outside with an IT solution or terminal furniture,” she told Airport Focus in an interview conducted a week before the show opened on Oct. 8.
In fact, the GSE exhibits have turned into one of the most significant areas of growth for the show.
“This has become a big area of the show since we try to provide a one-stop shop covering all areas of airport operations,” she added. “We have a unique outdoor area for people to display heavy-duty equipment such as snow plows and deicing machinery, and I think this is really a big draw. We didn’t used to see an awful lot of activity in this area, but now I think it has really picked up. This has a lot to do with investment cycles for new equipment that represent large capital investments for airports.”
- The show’s Innovation Awards program featured more ramp equipment than any other product category: This year's show featured 89 entries all vying to be named the most innovative product.
That's an impressive total considering this is only the third show to feature the contest. What’s more, the ramp category at 33 had the most products - more than double the second-highest category for the terminal.