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Innovation anticipates the future of aviation

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25 October 2022

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Kleber Meira, CEO of Belo Horizonte Airport, tells International Airport Review, how his airport is harnessing an innovative mindset to look to the future.

Boosting digital transformation in a collaborative and integrated environment means that smart airports are no longer a mere trend; they are becoming a competitive reality in the global aviation ecosystem. From global giants to small‑scale terminals, innovation is the fuel that drives, transforms and connects smart airports to the future.

Innovation has been a critical factor in a country’s growth, just as much as education. Driven by the urgency of being different and doing things differently, thousands of airports worldwide have joined the race towards applying innovative and sustainable solutions to stimulate development, making use of the most advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things resources.

We live in a post-pandemic scenario marked by the challenging resumption of global economic growth, added to the cascading effects caused by geopolitical conflicts that are reaching war levels, with impacts felt particularly in the high inflation rate stimulated by the unavoidable political instability. The speed at which the developing conflicts exceeded the difficulties imposed by the pandemic did not prevent airports from developing themselves.

We are responding with an innovative perspective to the stimuli to leverage the recovery effort, centered on a strategic management approach based on mobility and connectivity. The Belo Horizonte International Airport is ready for the world, and we dare to go further, seeking to become recognised for our pioneering spirit, especially with regard to innovation as a driving force for the country’s competitiveness. In our terminal, our developments involve taking calculated risks in all the decisions we make; however, safety is always held as a non-negotiable value. We listen, review plans and learn from mistakes and also from the answers provided by the market and by our customers.

The future is now

We’ve never talked about the future as much as we do now. We are facing a change in consciousness and behavioural profile, strongly bent towards transforming market unpredictability into strategic initiatives for new beginnings. The airport sector has undeniably outdone itself, guided by the most advanced sources of content and technological development. Here at BH Airport, we promote collaborative innovation and the pioneering development of airport technologies in order to consolidate a true leap in quality for our business model.