ATM 2024 to address sustainability and innovation in the aviation sector

The Arabian Travel Market (ATM) will host prominent international airlines and aircraft manufacturers to discuss the latest industry innovations and solutions.

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Transformative areas that are likely to be high on the agenda are sustainability and the role of start-ups and innovators in transporting the industry into the next era.

The theme for the 31st edition of ATM, which takes place from 6-9 May in Dubai, is ‘Empowering Innovation: Transforming Travel Through Entrepreneurship’, championing start-ups and innovators making a significant contribution to the travel and tourism sector. Aligning with this innovation focus, ATM has partnered with Aviation X Lab and the Intelak programme, which have a shared mission to revolutionise the travel industry by providing a platform for startups and innovators.

Founded in 2017, Aviation X Lab is an aviation-specific incubator which unites international aviation leaders Emirates Airline, Thales Group, Collins Aerospace, GE Aerospace and Airbus, with a mission of reshaping the future of the aviation sector through innovative, sustainable ideas. The Intelak Programmes include the Intelak Idea Lab, Intelak Incubator and Intelak Accelerator, which support startups and foster the development of new ideas to meet the challenges across the travel, aviation and tourism sectors.

Danielle Curtis, exhibition director ME, Arabian Travel Market, said: “ATM 2024 will showcase entrepreneurs in aviation, accommodation, hospitality and attractions, among many others, and explore how innovative sustainable trends will evolve, identifying strategies for growth within key vertical sectors. For the upcoming edition, we have partnered with Aviation X Lab and the Intelak programme to further our focus on entrepreneurship.”

“Visitors to ATM will have the chance to stay up to date with the latest developments from the world's most influential airlines and aviation companies during our programme of aviation industry sessions, which will explore key topics for the sector, including technology, innovation and sustainability.”

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the aviation industry was responsible for 2% of global energy-related CO2 emissions in 2022, contributing significantly to the global carbon footprint. Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) has emerged as one of the most effective solutions for mitigating the emissions from aviation fuel, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that SAF could contribute around 65% of the reduction in emissions needed by aviation to reach net zero by 2050.

Curtis said: “Amid growing concerns over climate change and the aviation industry’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, embracing sustainable alternatives has never been more critical. With a steadfast commitment to sustainability in the travel and tourism sector, ATM proudly provides a platform for the global aviation sector to exchange the latest insights and industry updates on environmental initiatives, including SAF.”

Airlines featured at the exhibition this year include Emirates, flydubai, Saudia, flynas, Qatar Airways, and Egypt Air, which is making its debut at ATM 2024. In addition, private jet companies MayFair Jets Group and Air Charter Service will have a presence.