World Air Traffic Management Congress takes off

World Air Traffic Management Congress takes off

The World ATM Congress, the World Air Traffic Management Congress, opened its sixth consecutive edition at IFEMA today and will run from March 6-8. Over 80 air navigation service providers (ANSP), product developers, leaders and experts from the aeronautical industry, government representatives, manufacturers, and suppliers from all over the world will congregate at this event.

This is the world’s largest international air traffic management exhibition and conference, attracting over 7,500 participants each year. IFEMA will be the permanent venue for this important world air navigation congress until the year 2022, establishing Madrid as a world-class city in the global aeronautical industry.

Operated by the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) – of which AEMA is a founding member, and which groups together the world’s air management service providers – in partnership with the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) an association that brings together the entire US air traffic control sector the World ATM Congress combines a broad exhibition area with product demonstrations and launches, contract closures, and networking opportunities, along with an intense schedule of conferences and top-level meetings involving 260 speakers from all over the world.

A total of 225 exhibiting companies and 7,500 participants from 130 countries are participating in the Congress to discover the latest innovations and analyze the aeronautical industry’s key issues, thanks to renowned industry leaders such as Dr. Olumuyiwae Aliu (ICAO), Eamonn Brennan (Eurocontrol), Nancy Graham (Graham Aerospace International) and David McMillan (ATM Policy Institute and Gatwick Airport), who will give talks and conferences on the latest developments in international air traffic management. The novelty this year is the FABEC OPS Theatre, a forum dedicated to ATM operations and the challenges faced by airspace users.

IFEMA and World Air Traffic Management reached an agreement, within the framework of the fourth edition of the World ATM Congress, to hold the World Air Traffic Management Congress a further five years at the FERIA DE MADRID installations, retaining Madrid as its venue from 2018 until 2022. This implied the renewal of the agreement signed in 2014, coinciding with its first edition, which confirms IFEMA’s capability of hosting international events, while at the same time signaling strong support for the city of Madrid, and by extension Spain as a whole, from the global aviation industry.