ACI EUROPE Airport Business

Inspirational keynotes

CEO-level speakers, discussing the critical political and market issues in the aviation industry

Conference sessions

Symposiums, panel discussions and case studies covering key airport issues

The 2018 programme will be launched in Spring 2018.

Please review the 2017 programme and speaker lineup as an indication of the speakers, topics and formats typical of the event.

2017 Conference Theme:

“Airport Leadership In Change”

Monday 12th June - Day 1

16:00 - 18:00

ACI EUROPE World Business Partners meeting

Location: Aéro-Club de France, 6 rue Galilée, 75116 Paris

Session Details

ACI EUROPE World Business Partners meeting, within the framework of the ACI EUROPE Annual Congress, is taking place in Paris on Monday 12 June, kindly hosted by Groupe ADP. This meeting gathers some 30 World Business Partner representatives and it has been customary for some years now to gather a panel of airport CEOs to have an exchange of views with these representatives on issues of common interest.

For questions & registration:

Pre-registration required.

19:00 - 21:30

Welcome Reception

Location: Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

 Session Details

Located just a short walk from the Eiffel Tower the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is devoted to contemporary art in all its forms. The museum’s permanent collections, with more than 8,000 works of art, show the diverse art trends of the 20th century and houses works by Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Henri Matisse, Alberto Giacometti, Georges Braque and Yves Klein. In this exclusive evening event guests will be able to network with industry friends and colleagues, whilst enjoying the very best French hospitality.

Tuesday 13th June - Day 2

09:00 - 10:00

Welcome Session

Welcome from the Host

Augustin de Romanet

President, ACI EUROPE and Chairman & CEO,

Groupe ADP

Witness to the Century

“Brexit, Trump, terrorism, superpower re-order, digital empowerment, and a decade of economic paradoxes: Does the unprecedented combination of geopolitical turmoil, economic shock, and technological shift mean we must be prepared for a state of permanent disruption?”

Director General (2005-2013) <strong>World Trade Organization<strong> and European Commissioner for Trade (1999-2004)
Pascal Lamy

Director General (2005-2013) World Trade Organization and European Commissioner for Trade (1999-2004)

World Trade Organization

State of the Industry Address

Olivier Jankovec

Director General


Political intervention from the ACI EUROPE President

Augustin de Romanet

President, ACI EUROPE and Chairman & CEO,

Groupe ADP

10:00 - 10:30

Keynote Interview

Chairman & CEO
Jean-Marc Janaillac

Chairman & CEO

Air France-KLM

Onstage interview facilitated by:

Mark Pilling

Vice-President Markets


Questions to consider:

Trust Together, Air France-KLM’s new strategic project, asserts that “Our strength lies in the fact that we are challengers. The status quo is not an option. We must launch a new dynamic to return to a leadership position in our markets.” What are the strategic priorities in terms of “regaining the offensive in long-haul”, Transavia’s growth in point-to-point markets, and improved connectivity of the CDG and AMS hubs, that will transition the Group’s competitiveness?

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

11:10 - 00:30

Airport Leaders’ Symposium

Focusing on compelling issues facing airports, and additionally debating aviation business development models and strategy


James Halstead

Managing Partner

Aviation Strategy


Robert Sinclair


Bristol Airport

Dr Michael Kerkloh

President and CEO

Munich Airport

Dominique Thillaud


Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur

Holger Schaefers

General Manager

ICF Airports

Niall MacCarthy

Managing Director

Cork Airport

Nicolas Notebaert


VINCI Airports

12:30 - 13:45
Lunch in the exhibition

13:45 - 15:00

Airline change: How much are airports the actors, or merely the passengers, responding to disruption and new forces?



Peter Harbison

Executive Chairman



Matthew Wood

VP Network Development

Norwegian Airlines

Vijay Poonoosamy

Vice President International Affairs


Oliver Wagner



Dr Stefan Schulte


Fraport AG

Kevin Toland


Dublin Airport

Jean-Jacques Cloquet


Brussels South Charleroi Airport

15:00 - 15:15

Special presentation of ACI EUROPE’s new Airport Traffic Analyser App


A special presentation launching a new tool that puts the latest available key figures on European airport traffic at your fingertips – complete with customisable comparisons and share functions to empower you to make the most of this important metric.

Robert O’Meara

Director of Media & Communications


15:15 - 15:45
Coffee break in the exhibition

15:45 - 16:15

The EU Regulatory Framework: What’s Coming Up?


A briefing on how the regulatory framework for air transport is coping with industry and geopolitical challenges including Brexit, potential threats to Open Skies, the European Commission’s review of the Airport Charges Directive, and new safety initiatives from EASA

Filip Cornelis

Acting Director Aviation, DG MOVE

European Commission

Onstage interview facilitated by

Oliver Clark

Senior Reporter


16:15 - 17:30

The big threat: Avoiding the prospect that absolute security and border control could make airports unmanageable



Johnnie Müller

Security Director

Copenhagen Airports A/S


Franck Goldnadel

Executive Director, Chief Airport Operations Officer and Managing Director, Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport

Groupe ADP

Filip Cornelis

Acting Director Aviation, DG MOVE

European Commission

Peter Knudsen


BLIP Systems

19:50 - 23:15

Gala Dinner

Location: Le Pré Catelan

Session Details

Opened in 1856, Le Pré Catelan quickly became a resounding success: the bucolic site, the high quality of the orchestras and the refinement of the parties it hosted made it one of the most popular locations in the Capital. Le Pré Catelan changed ownership and was renovated in 1976, turning this prestigious building into one of the city’s top venues for events and is particularly renowned for its high-end cuisine – in 2007, thanks to the talents of chef Frédéric Anton, the restaurant of Le Pré Catelan received 3 stars in the Michelin Guide.

An elegant and audacious location, Le Pré Catelan provides the perfect setting for delegates to relax and enjoy the very best Parisian cuisine

Wednesday 14th June - Day 3

08:45 - 09:45

ACI EUROPE General Assembly

(By invitation only)

09:45 - 11:15

Airports living and trading through drastic change



Gherardo Baruffa

Managing Director Airport Group

Crédit Agricole CIB

Another European airport recovering from the loss of its national carrier – how tempting is it to rush into relationships with new partners that you may later regret?

Eleni Kaloyirou

Chief Executive Officer

Hermes Airports Ltd

A third runway “is of vital importance for the future of Vienna International Airport” – what happens next after the Austrian Federal Administrative Court refused approval for the project?

Julian Jäger

Joint CEO and COO

Vienna International Airport

Has Moscow Domodedovo found new markets which are returning it to growth?

Daniel Burkard

Deputy Airport Director, Director External & International Relations

Moscow Domodedovo Airport

11:15 - 11:50
Coffee break in the exhibition

11:50 - 13:50

Environment and innovation: Is the industry doing enough?



Matt Gorman

Sustainability and Environment Director

Heathrow Airport

Defining presentation

The Airbus “Sustainable Aviation Engagement Programme” – what role is there for airports in terms of refined operations, air traffic management and especially encouraging and enabling the provision of sustainable aviation fuels?

Thierry Nowaczyk

Sustainability and Environment Director



Jos Nijhuis

President & CEO

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Bill Hemmings

Director Aviation and Shipping

Transport & Environment

Wolfgang Hesin


Dialogue Forum Vienna

Niclas Svenningsen

Manager, Strategy and Relationships Unit


13:00 - 14:30
Lunch in the exhibition (and conference close)

15:15 - 16:45

Charles de Gaulle Airport Tour

Session Details

Our host GROUPE ADP will deliver a tour of Charles de Gaulle Airport, including visits to the fire station, airside services and retail areas of both terminals and the new GROUPE ADP Headquarters.

Spaces on the tour are extremely limited therefore we recommend registering your attendance at the ACI EUROPE General Assembly, Congress and Exhibition in order to confirm your space on this exclusive airport tour.

Conference close

Registration opens early 2018.

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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.

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.

Felicia Constandopoulos
Deputy Head of Marketing & Sales Concretum