The ACI EUROPE Annual Assembly & Congress addresses the most important issues facing the senior leadership of the aviation industry, bringing you enriching and engaging educational sessions and opportunities to network with peers from around the globe.

Hear from airport leaders and CEO-level speakers, discussing the critical political and market issues in the aviation industry as well as panel discussions and case studies covering key airport issues.

The following agenda took place in June 2019. The 2020 conference agenda and theme will be available soon.


Wednesday 26th June 2019 - Day 1

Speaker Invited

09:00 - 10:30

OPENING SESSION

Welcome from the Minister of Transport

Minister of Transport, Communications and Works
Vassiliki Anastassiadou

Minister of Transport, Communications and Works

 

Welcome Address from the Host

CEO
Eleni Kaloyirou

CEO

Hermes Airports

State of the Industry Address

Director General
Olivier Jankovec

Director General

ACI EUROPE

Welcome from the ACI EUROPE President and Launch of the Net Zero by 2020 Commitment

President, ACI EUROPE and CEO
Dr Michael Kerkloh

President, ACI EUROPE and CEO

Munich Airport


10:30 - 11:10
Coffee break in the exhibition

Speaker Invited

11:10 - 12:30
FIRST WORKING SESSION

AIRPORT LEADERS’ SYMPOSIUM

Chair


Managing Partner
David Feldman

Managing Partner

Exambela Consulting

Panel


CEO
Dag Falk-Petersen

CEO

Avinor Group

CEO
Dalton Philips

CEO

daa

CEO
Robert Sinclair

CEO

London City Airport

CEO
Eleni Kaloyirou

CEO

Hermes Airports

CEO
Monica Scarpa

CEO

SAVE SpA – Venice Airport

Chairman
Nicolas Notebaert

Chairman

VINCI Airports

Special Presentation


European Aviation policy: where are we & what next? 
As the EU is about to enter a new 5 years political cycle with elections at the European Parliament and the designation of a new European Commission over the Summer, what has EU policy achieved for aviation and how does it intend to address key industry challenges – from the climate emergency and Brexit to open skies, airline consolidation, the ATM crisis, slots and the airport capacity crunch.

Director for Aviation
Filip Cornelis

Director for Aviation

European Commission


12:30 - 13:45
Lunch in the exhibition

Speaker Invited

13:45 - 15:00
SECOND WORKING SESSION

AIRLINE LEADERS’ SYMPOSIUM

Chair


Global Managing Director, Aviation
Kata Cserep

Global Managing Director, Aviation

ICF

Panel


CCO
David O’Brien

CCO

Ryanair

CEO
Dimitrios Gerogiannis

CEO

Aegean Air

Chief Commercial & Strategy Officer
Robert Carey

Chief Commercial & Strategy Officer

easyJet

CEO
Willie Walsh

CEO

IAG

  • Oil prices & currency variations, overcapacity, ATM disruptions, Brexit & geopolitical uncertainty: how are these factors impacting your airline?
  • Network & route development: where do you focus? What is likely to change in the coming months?
  • What’s the future of Low-Cost Long-Haul?
  • The airline consolidation game: how do you see the European market 5 years from now?
  • What is today the value of connecting traffic vs. point-to-point?
  • Airport-airline relationships: scope for cooperation on commercial/ancillary revenues?
  • 737 MAX grounding: what are the key lessons?

15:00 - 15:30
Coffee break in the exhibition

Speaker Invited

15:30 - 15:45

Airport Carbon Accreditation 10th Anniversary Ceremony

Speaker Invited

15:45 - 17:30
THIRD WORKING SESSION

Can aviation move towards net-zero emissions without sacrificing growth?

In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) released a Special Report, presenting new scientific evidence for the urgency to radically reduce greenhouse gas emissions if the global temperature increase is to be limited to 1.5 degrees C, in alignment with the Paris Agreement. In particular, this means reaching net zero emissions by mid-century. Failing to do so will entail catastrophic consequences for mankind. In this context, aviation as a sector which is particularly difficult to decarbonize bears a high responsibility. This session will explore the different avenues for action to reduce emissions from aviation while also considering the socio-economic benefits of the sector.

Chair


Managing Director
Andrew Charlton

Managing Director

Aviation Advocacy

Panel


Executive Director
Patrick Ky

Executive Director

EASA

CEO
Willie Walsh

CEO

IAG

Director Aviation and Shipping
Bill Hemmings

Director Aviation and Shipping

European Federation for Transport & Environment

Chief Strategy Officer
Andrew Macmillan

Chief Strategy Officer

Heathrow Airport Limited

Head of Environmental Affairs
Hubert Mantel

Head of Environmental Affairs

Airbus

Questions to consider:

  • Could consumers reduce air travel in the way they have been shown to radically alter their consumption of one-use plastics and carrier bags?
  • Can the socio-economic benefits of aviation be maintained while meeting the Paris Agreement target of net-zero emissions by mid-century?
  • Will sustainability trends drive up the cost of air travel and away from the mass market?
  • What is your organisation doing to contribute to the decarbonisation of aviation?
  • Is there any genuine belief that alternative aviation propulsion or hybrids will become viable any time soon? (Is it even necessary?)
  • Where do we stand on sustainable fuels?
  • Where are the biggest opportunities for achievable emissions reductions across airport and airline operations?

Thursday 27th June 2019 - Day 2

Speaker Invited

08:45 - 09:45

ACI EUROPE General Assembly

Speaker Invited

09:45 - 11:20
FOURTH WORKING SESSION

The investors’ perspective on sustainability & business development

Chair


Managing Director
Holger Linkweiler

Managing Director

Avialliance GmbH

Panel


Chief Financial Officer
Sami Teittinen

Chief Financial Officer

Vantage Airport Group

Development Director Airport Operation & Maintenance
Anthony Martin

Development Director Airport Operation & Maintenance

Egis

Executive Director
Werner Kerschl

Executive Director

IFM Investors

Head of Portfolio Management
Andy Carlisle

Head of Portfolio Management

Ferrovial Airports

Questions to consider:

  • What is the current appetite of airport investors for new shareholdings and acquisitions – what and where are the airport investor markets of interest?
  • Do private investors see European airports as more or less risky?
  • What does the airport investor perspective on sustainability really mean in practice? Is it a principle that is core to airport decision-making in the way
    that business or safety decisions are core?
  • Will sustainability trends drive up the cost of air travel and away from the mass market?
  • Are airports future-proofed – do they face threat or opportunity from technologies such as drone taxis, hyperloops etc?

11:20 - 11:50
Coffee break in the exhibition

Speaker Invited

11:50 - 13:00
FIFTH WORKING SESSION

Sustainable tourism (era of partnerships)

The era of partnerships and how airports can maximise benefits from the new concepts. Partnerships for sustainability, partnerships amongst airlines & airports or airlines, airports & destinations etc. partnerships across value chains.

Chair


Senior Manager, Aviation Development, Marketing & Communication
Maria Kouroupi

Senior Manager, Aviation Development, Marketing & Communication

Hermes Airports

Keynote Address


Deputy Minister, Tourism/Republic of Cyprus
Savvas Perdios

Deputy Minister, Tourism/Republic of Cyprus

 

Panel


Deputy Minister, Tourism/Republic of Cyprus
Savvas Perdios

Deputy Minister, Tourism/Republic of Cyprus

 

Head of Commercial & Marketing Non-Aviation
Andrea Geretto

Head of Commercial & Marketing Non-Aviation

SAVE SpA – Venice Airport

Commercial Manager
Lazaras Charalambous

Commercial Manager

DP World Limassol

Manager, Corporate Quality
Pakis Papademetriou

Manager, Corporate Quality

Athens International Airport

Speaker Invited

13:00 - 13:10

Official Handover to 2020 Event Host


13:10 - 14:15
Lunch in the exhibition

Vendor Exhibition

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Elena Mayoral Corcuera, Airport Director, Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas Airport

here has been a useful mixture of panel discussions and presentations, and a good level of interaction with the audience. The presentation by Brussels Airport CEO Arnaud Feist was absolutely fantastic. I have found the event very busy, and have enjoyed the networking opportunities, including the fabulous Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

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We are very happy with how the event has gone for us. It has been a good event and very busy. As an exhibitor, we have found the size of the exhibition to be perfect. The conference sessions I attended were very interesting, and the networking and social aspects have been very good. The ACI EUROPE Annual Congress is a well-respected event and is very good for us.

ADELTE

Jordi Floreta, VP and Commercial Director, ADELTE

The conference sessions have all been very different and interesting. The presentation from the Brussels Airport CEO was very personal and showed how critical leadership is. I liked the format of the panel sessions, which encouraged good, open debate.

Ontario Airports Investments

Luke Bugeja, Asset Director, Ontario Airports Investments

The conference has effectively condensed the macro trends of the industry, which is very valuable. It is my first time attending the ACI EUROPE Annual Congress. I have been impressed by the level of interaction and the opportunities for discussion and consideration of the most important issues affecting our industry.

Bern Airport

Dr Mathias Gantenbein, Managing Director, Bern Airport

It is my first time attending the ACI EUROPE Annual Congress and it has been a very positive experience. We are here to make new contacts and it has been really good.

Concretum

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