e-Apron showcases innovations in ground handling


Airport ground handling industry is in for revolutionary changes and innovations with electric/hybrid ground handling equipment (GHE) and ground support Equipment (GSE) makers and service providers constantly embracing new technology to make airport operations efficient, sustainable and cost-effective.

Organisers of the 21st edition of the annual Airport Show (May 17 – 19) created a platform for airport operators, service providers, manufacturers, and other stakeholders to familiarise them of futuristic changes for the first time by setting up a sustainability zone called e-Apron alongside the Airport Show.

e-Apron was offered in partnership with dnata, a global provider of aircraft ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services across five continents.

“Reducing the carbon footprint is a key target for dnata as a world-leading air and travel services provider at 129 airports. We expect exhibitors from across the world to be joining the efforts to make their operations sustainable to ensure a better future,” remarked Raed Younes, Vice President for UAE and Regional Business Development at dnata.

The region is focusing more on ensuring its airports use environment-friendly reclaimed wood, daylighting systems and water treatment technologies. There is immense potential for businesses from across the world in the Middle East whose aviation market is predicted to reach the $23.07 billion mark in 2026. This timely and much-required shift in focus will help reduce the impact of carbon emissions, energy consumption, air and noise pollution, waste management and biodiversity.