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Aviation industry focuses on sustainability and innovation at Dubai Airshow

Dubai Airshow was the largest aerospace trade event to be held globally since the COVID-19 pandemic and the first since the aviation industry was hit by this worst crisis in its history.

Aviation industry experts gathered for the four-day event to reconnect with each other and move towards a sustainable recovery. It's seen as a positive indicator for an industry that has had a turbulent two years.

The International Air Transport Association predicts the COVID-19 crisis will cost the global aviation industry €175bn in losses between 2020 and 2022.

Hope on the horizon

Timothy Hawes is the Managing Director at Tarsus Middle East, the group that organises the Dubai Airshow. He said that the event was a signal of the aviation industry coming back together and being welcomed back in Dubai as well as a show of confidence for the industry.

Airlines have slowly reopened their networks as travel restrictions gradually lift and they see a return to some normality.

In a promising sign of recovery, Airbus predicted that the aviation industry would require around 39,000 aircraft in the next 20 years, which would require more than 550,000 new pilots and over 710,000 highly skilled technicians to be trained.

Although the industry is optimistic, one looming threat to recovery is the risk of surging global COVID-19 infections leading to further lockdowns. The sentiment from the event is that the industry is robust and is turning a corner from what has been its most challenging period ever.

S: Euronews

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