Airports Council International launches brand new event “Airports Innovate”

15 September 2022
  • Event will be delivered in partnership with ACI Asia-Pacific, ACI EUROPE and ACI World
  • Oman Airports to host the event in Muscat
  • Register now and take advantage of the 15% early bird discount


Brussels: Airports Council International's annual global trade show is returning in a new format after a two-year hiatus.

Branded as Airports Innovate, will reflect the rapid advancements of the industry in terms of technology, business and strategy. The two-day conference will take place in Muscat, Oman on December 7th and 8th.

Packed with business, commercial and strategic leads and intelligence, the reimagined event is already set to emerge as one of the premier global aviation conferences. Airports Innovate is jointly organised by ACI Asia-Pacific, ACI EUROPE and ACI World. The event will be hosted by Oman Airports which manages and operates civil airports in the Sultanate of Oman.

This event will be an opportunity for the global aviation community to meet, learn, inspire and collaborate. Under the banner of Building Back Bolder, Airports Innovate will have three key pillars:

  • World Business Partners (WBP) Arena: Digital Transformation, Passenger Facilitation and Security
  • Theme Park: Economics, Security, Workforce and Airports of the Future
  • Small & Emerging Airports: Innovation in customer experience, cyber security, finance and case studies.

Commenting on the event, Mr. Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI EUROPE said, “Innovation is now at the very core of the airport business model reset. This is about boosting resilience, operational efficiency and quality as much as accelerating decarbonisation – and ultimately enabling a step-change in airport economics. The way in which we foster, celebrate and collaborate in this field will mark our success in years to come. That is why I’m convinced that this event will not only be the gathering of the smartest technologies and the freshest thinking, it will position us all – globally – for a vibrant and robust future.”

Sheikh Aimen Sultan Al-Hosni, CEO, Oman Airports said“Oman Airports is delighted to host for the first Airports Innovate event in Muscat. We are eager to welcome experts of the aviation community, to reconnect and exchange expertise and to share new trends and opportunities while experiencing our world-class Omani hospitality. The aviation industry has once again proven its resilience, as Airports Innovate will be showcasing the critical role played by air travel to enable social and economic development. We look forward to an unforgettable event.”

Airports Innovate will provide a platform for the industry to come together and network with other airports and key partners and stakeholders from Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and the rest of the world. The event offers an opportunity for industry associates to showcase their products and services as well as engage with airport members.

Register before September 23 to qualify for 15% early bird discount.

For the full programme and registration, please visit Airports Innovate.


  • Note to editors

    For more information, contact:

    Virginia Lee
    Senior Vice President
    Communications, Membership & Marketing
    Tel: +32 2 552 09 82


    ACI EUROPE is the European region of Airports Council International (ACI), the only worldwide professional association of airport operators. ACI EUROPE represents over 500 airports in 55 countries. Our members facilitate over 90% of commercial air traffic in Europe. Air transport supports 13.5 million jobs, generating €886 billion in European economic activity (4.4% of GDP). In response to the Climate Emergency, in June 2019 our members committed to achieving Net Zero carbon emissions for operations under their control by 2050, without offsetting.

    Oman Airports is a government company affiliated with the Oman Investment Authority, established in 2002 for the purpose of the administration of civil airports in the Sultanate of Oman: Muscat International Airport, Salalah Airport, Duqm Airport, and Sohar Airport. The company expanded its services in 2019 to include the administration of regional airports in the oil concession areas of Fahud, Marmul, and Qarn Alam. The company operates with the objective to upgrade and enhance Oman's airports in order to achieve the desired goals, as well as ensure a safe and unique travel experience for all users of its airports.