The number of travellers via UAE airports will hit 110 million by the end of this year, with an 11 per cent growth rate when compared with last year, according to the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
During the Civil Aviation Innovation Award, which recently took place in Abu Dhabi, the GCAA announced that the number of travellers via UAE airports will reach 200m annually in the upcoming ten to 15 years.
GCAA has allocated two per cent of its annual budget to support innovation in civil aviation.
The Civil Aviation Innovation Award revealed new innovations that help to serve travellers, improve the travel experience in the UAE and reduce carbon emissions, Emarat Al Youm newspaper reports.
Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE minister of economy and chairman of the country’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), announced in his opening speech that there are many challenges and opportunities facing the aviation sector in the country.
He adds that annual investments in innovation in the UAE will range from AED10 billion to AED14bn, adding that the aviation sector is one of the leading sectors in the country when it comes to innovation.
Al Mansouri notes that the UAE’s aviation sector is a fertile ground for innovation and is considered one of the most important developmental and economic engines in the country, as the positive impact of innovation in air transport services promotes expansion and economic diversification.