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.

Event theme

Resetting the airport business

Post Tenebras Lux - Light after darkness

Tuesday 20 October 2020 16:00-17:30

World Business Partner Meeting

Open to all, pre-registration required
Tuesday 20 October 2020 18:30-21:30

Bâtiment des Forces Motrices

Wednesday 21st October 2020 - Day 1

Speaker Invited

09:00 - 10:30

Opening Session

Welcome Remarks by Conference Chair


broadcaster, host of World Radio Switzerland’s “The McKay Interview” and former Chairman of the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce
Michael McKay

broadcaster, host of World Radio Switzerland’s “The McKay Interview” and former Chairman of the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce

Welcome Address from the Host


CEO
André Schneider

CEO

Genève Aéroport

State of the Industry Address


Director General
Olivier Jankovec

Director General

ACI EUROPE

The Politics Playbook


CEO
Jost Lammers

CEO

Munich Airport, and President, ACI EUROPE

In the Hot Seat: An onstage interview


Director General DG MOVE
Henrik Hololei

Director General DG MOVE

European Commission

Interviewed by


Managing Director
Andrew Charlton

Managing Director

Aviation Advocacy

Keynote Address


Author
Debora MacKenzie

Author

COVID-19 The pandemic that never should have happened, and how to stop the next one

Debora MacKenzie is a science journalist who has covered emerging infections and epidemics for the British magazine New Scientist and other publications for over 30 years.
She has been reporting on COVID-19 from the start, and she was among the first journalists to suggest that it could become a pandemic.
Her first book, Covid-19: The Pandemic that Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One, is a comprehensive look on the current crisis, combining policy analysis and criticism with scientific insights.
In her Keynote Address, she will shed a new light on the events that led to the COVID-19 virus’ escalation and how future crises of this gravity can be avoided.


10:30 - 11:15
Coffee Break in the Exhibition Hall

Speaker Invited

11:15 - 12:30
First Working Session

First Working Session: Survival Airport Economics

Panellists:


CEO
Armando Brunini

CEO

Milan Airports

CEO
John Holland-Kaye

CEO

Heathrow Airport Limited

CEO
Julian Diaz

CEO

DUFRY

Chief Executive Officer, CEO
Kadri Samsunlu

Chief Executive Officer, CEO

İGA Airport Operations

Eric Born

CEO

Swissport


13:00 - 14:15
Lunch Break in the Exhibition Hall

Speaker Invited

14:15 - 15:30
Second Working Session

Second Working Session: Rebuilding Connectivity

Moderator:


Managing Director
Andrew Charlton

Managing Director

Aviation Advocacy

The all-stakeholders panel:


CEO, VINCI Concessions & President, VINCI Airports
Nicolas Notebaert

CEO, VINCI Concessions & President, VINCI Airports

VINCI Airports

Chairman of the Board
Václav Řehoř

Chairman of the Board

Václav Havel Airport Prague

Managing Director, Head of European Industrials Equity Research
Céline Fornaro

Managing Director, Head of European Industrials Equity Research

UBS

Director General DG MOVE
Henrik Hololei

Director General DG MOVE

European Commission

Managing Director
Jean-Marc Thévenaz

Managing Director

easyJet Switzerland

Director General
Eamonn Brennan

Director General

EUROCONTROL

Gloria Guevara Manzo

President and CEO

World Travel & Tourism Council


15:30 - 16:00
Coffee Break in the Exhibition Hall

Speaker Invited

16:00 - 17:30
Third Working Session

Third Working Session: Build Back Better: Decarbonisation and Sustainability

Panellists


Deputy Director General
Clara Della Torre

Deputy Director General

DG CLIMA

CEO
Dick Benschop

CEO

Royal Schiphol Group

Network Development Lead
James George

Network Development Lead

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation

President
William Todts

President

Transport & Environment

Director General
Alexandre de Juniac

Director General

IATA

Former Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Professor of Climate and Environmental Sciences, UCLouvain
Jean-Pascal van Ypersele

Former Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Professor of Climate and Environmental Sciences, UCLouvain

Speaker Invited

17:30 - 17:45

Closing Keynote Address

CERN’s scientists are constantly developing novel technologies used in fields far beyond high-energy physics. Does this include applications for air transport – and for the current fight against COVID-19?

Director General
Fabiola Gianotti

Director General

CERN

Speaker Invited

19:15 - 23:00

Gala Dinner – Bâtiment des Forces Motrices

Thursday 22nd October 2020 - Day 2


08:30 - 09:30

Open to ACI regular members only

ACI EUROPE Annual General Assembly ( Open to ACI regular members only )

Speaker Invited

09:30 - 09:35

Welcome Remarks by Conference Chair

Welcome Address block


broadcaster, host of World Radio Switzerland’s “The McKay Interview” and former Chairman of the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce
Michael McKay

broadcaster, host of World Radio Switzerland’s “The McKay Interview” and former Chairman of the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce

Speaker Invited

09:35 - 10:00

The Keynote Interview

CEO
József Váradi

CEO

Wizz Air

Interviewed by


VP
Mark Pilling

VP

FlightGlobal

Speaker Invited

10:00 - 11:15
Fourth Working Session

Fourth Working Session: Innovation Acceleration: will the crisis be the “mother of invention”?

Moderator:


Head of Business Development
Georges Mykoniatis

Head of Business Development

ENAC Lab

Panellists:


Executive Director
Florian Guillermet

Executive Director

SESAR

Global Director - Travel, Transportation & Hospitality
Shane O’Flaherty

Global Director - Travel, Transportation & Hospitality

Microsoft

Nicholas Woods

CIO

Manchester Airport Group

Andrew O’Connor

Airport Solution Line

SITA


11:15 - 11:45
Coffee Break in the Exhibition Hall

Speaker Invited

11:45 - 13:00
Fifth Working Session

Fifth Working Session: Light after Darkness: The View from the Top

Moderator


Managing Director
Andrew Charlton

Managing Director

Aviation Advocacy

Panellists:


CEO, VINCI Concessions & President, VINCI Airports
Nicolas Notebaert

CEO, VINCI Concessions & President, VINCI Airports

VINCI Airports

CEO
Thomas Woldbye

CEO

Copenhagen Airports A/S

CEO
Yiannis Paraschis

CEO

Athens International Airport

CEO
André Schneider

CEO

Genève Aéroport

Managing Director
Holger Linkweiler

Managing Director

Avialliance GmbH


13:00 - 14:00
Farewell Lunch in the Exhibition Hall

Vendor Exhibition

Research technology solutions, services and brands within an extensive exhibition which forms the heart of the event.

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Testimonials

I have really enjoyed this year’s ACI EUROPE Annual Congress. It has been good to learn about current issues in our industry, including the aims of airport investors and the latest projects. I feel the right issues are being addressed in the conference sessions.

Limak Kosovo Prishtina International Airport Adem Jashari

Haldun Firat Köktürk, Board Member and CEO, Limak Kosovo Prishtina International Airport Adem Jashari

It has been a very good conference, with interesting sessions. I have really enjoyed the event. The networking and social opportunities are also excellent.

Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas Airport

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.

Moody’s Investors Service

Andrew Blease, Associate Managing Director Infrastructure Finance, Moody’s Investors Service

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

Felicia Constandopoulos, Deputy Head of Marketing & Sales, Concretum