PART V: Engineering applications and sustainable
        business excellence

Title: Building an Efficient Air Transport System in the Developing World: Challenges and Opportunities

Author(s): Adil A. Dafa|Alla, Elmouiz S. Hussein

Address: Airbus, UK | Airbus, UK

Reference: First Sudanese Diaspora International Conference - 2009 pp. 113 - 123

Abstract/Summary: It is predicted that the air transport market for passenger and freight aircraft will grow by about 5% annually over the next 20 years. With this unprecedented expansion there would be huge pressure on airport capacity and control systems technology would be stretched as never before. If the developing world wants to play an equal and integrated part in international economy, it has to rise to this challenge, which should also be seen as an opportunity to catch up with the rest of the developed world. However, this can only be achieved via heavy investment in technology transfer, training of personnel as well as securing the right environment for sustainable development that allows local talents to flourish and contribute towards building an efficient air transport system. This, in turn, requires achieving political stability, creating a true investment-attractive climate, both in legislative and implementation terms, building infrastructure and training personnel to improve skills and nurture innovation. This paper describes the requirements for an efficient air transport system, discusses the likely challenges and opportunities ahead and makes recommendations for building such a system in the developing world.

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