Recently released figures show that passenger traffic at Brussels Airport grew 7% in 2007 to 17.8 million, thereby exceeding the European average for the first time since 2001. The airport has come a long way since that tumultuous year when the bankruptcy of home carrier Sabena also coincided with investment in major terminal development. New branding, innovative airline relations and a proactive approach to marketing and route development have all contributed to this success, as Wilfried Van Assche, CEO, The Brussels Airport Company, explained to Ross Falconer.
The importance attached to aviation in Dubai was amply demonstrated recently, with the announcement that a total of US$82 billion (£58bn) will be invested in the emirate’s aviation sector as part of the Dubai Government’s Strategic Plan 2015. Ross Falconer met HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) and Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline and Group, to discuss how aviation is valued in the emirate and his strategy for continued success.