Passenger Terminal expo & conference took place at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles from June 15th to 17th. The event has resumed after two years of suspension due to COVID-19.
The conference holds eight breakout sessions in parallel, where we can access valuable information through presentations and panel discussions such as actual business cases, trends, and industry-wide issues to tackle. Participants are from airport operators, aircraft operators, governing bodies, and IT vendors/consultancies.
One of the emerging topics this year was the vertiports that some of the states are considering implementation around 2024 to 2025. Also, from IT perspective, AI and digital-twin technologies brought attention to participants for improved airport operations.
Outside the conference rooms, there are exhibition booths from nearly 300 exhibitors, mainly IT solution providers and airport facility suppliers.
For border crossing entering France, there was no particular step needed except for presenting vaccine certificates when boarding to aircraft. In the meantime, we needed to go through PCR test in Paris within 72 hours before flight departure when returning to Japan.
Paris appears to be almost back to normal. There was a crowd of tourists throughout the beautiful city. The number of people who use masks was around 1%. I hope the tourist come back to our country soon.