Michael James Ibbitson

Vice President Information and Communications Services, Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC)

ADAC is the owner and operator of Abu Dhabi Emirate Airports. Primarily comprised of Abu Dhabi International Airport, Al Ain International Airport and Al Bateen Airport, ADAC also operates a number of smaller airfields in the Emirate.

Michael’s previous experience covers a multitude of infrastructure disciplines including, Power, Rail, Roads, Waste Treatment and other reconstruction projects in environments as hostile as Iraq. It is in the area of Aviation where he has gained most of his experience, specifically working for Bechtel on the redevelopment of Curacao International Airport and New Doha International Airport.

Following exposure in the development and construction side of Aviation he moved to Mumbai International Airport following privatization of India’s 4 key airports. During his tenure the previously manually operated airport deployed a campus converged network solution, AODB and new FIDS solution, ERP solution and campus VoIP solution. Also project managed the International Terminal redevelopment from an IT perspective and turned IT into a revenue generator contributing back to the MIAL’s bottom line.

The redevelopment of the International Terminal in Mumbai also required the delivery of a new CUTE and CUSS system. This required a new approach with a concession type business model for delivery, operation, maintenance and billing of the service devised with SITA. Where MIAL determined the minimum level of technology to meet IATA StB initiatives and the airline stakeholders had influence on the amount of equipment and location based on their requirements.

In Michael’s current role he is leading the ICT component of one the largest aviation developments in the world as ADAC, in support of Etihad, is intending to grow its core asset, Abu Dhabi International Airport, in double digits every year for the next 10 years.

In the first year this has seen the opening of a new six million passenger terminal and second parallel runway as well as the rolling out of CUSS to maximize current infrastructure and improving CUTE support through new contractual arrangements. In the coming years the ADAC ICS team, headed by Michael, will see in a new ATC Tower, new +30m passenger terminal building and develop ADAC’s other airports to create the full range of Aviation services.

These developments will see the need for a multiple airport AODB and FIDS solution as well as remote check in facilities to support new tourist attractions such as the F1 Grand Prix Track, Louvre Museum, Emirate Palace Hotel and Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center.

ADAC’s aim is to become the Middle East’s first five star airport, Michael is tasked with ensuring the ICT systems and infrastructure, meet the demands. Partnerships with ACI, IATA and the other industry stakeholders will be essential to achieve this.

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