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Top global aviation leaders set to headline 28th ACI EUROPE/World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition in Brussels

Top global aviation leaders set to headline 28th EUROPE/World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition in Brussels

Leading industry CEO speakers include Brussels Airport Company, Airports Company South Africa, Munich Airport, Norwegian Airlines, Lufthansa, Airport Authority Hong Kong 

Montreal & Brussels, 8 May 2018A compelling lineup of top airport and aviation industry CEOs has been assembled to headline the Airports Council International (ACI) World and ACI EUROPE annual conference to be hosted by Brussels Airport, from 18-20 June. Registration for the conference is now open.

This year’s conference theme is “Airports as Brands and Businesses” and aims to address to the consequences of the ongoing evolution of the airport industry into companies building brand relationships with air travellers.

The event will also expose the challenges facing the aviation industry to respond to the increasing need for additional airport capacity to accommodate the growth in the global demand for air services.

Conference attendees will hear and discuss how leaders in the industry plan to meet this demand so as to enable communities around the world to reap the vital economic and social benefits that aviation brings.  And how will airports do this while achieving the utmost in environmental stewardship, customer service and remain financially viable?

To cite just one session, this year’s Airport Leaders’ Symposium, features a panel of leading CEOs from across the globe:

  • Bongani Maseko, CEO, Airports Company South Africa and Chair, ACI World
  • Arnaud Feist, CEO, Brussels Airport Company
  • Dr. Michael Kerkloh, CEO, Munich International Airport & President, ACI EUROPE
  • Thomas Woldbye, CEO, Copenhagen Airport
  • Joseph Lopano, CEO, Tampa International Airport
  • Martin Eurnekian, Executive Director, Corporacion America, and Vice-Chair, ACI World 
  • Fred Lam, CEO, Airport Authority Hong Kong.

Other aviation stakeholders will also participate in sessions, including airline CEOs from Lufthansa, Norwegian and Ethiopian Airlines, as well as technology companies, regulators and intergovernmental organisations.

“Our assembly provides a unique opportunity for industry leaders from all regions of the world to share their expertise and experience and debate and explore ways we can continue to adapt and grow. ACI is the only truly global voice for the airports industry and our assembly is the perfect venue to foster dialogue among airports as well as with stakeholders in the aviation industry as a whole,” said Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World.

“We are delighted to have this joint event in our hometown this year, in collaboration with the excellent team at Brussels Airport. The global nature of this year’s participation makes it an unmissable event for airport senior management. Europe may be a mature aviation market, but it is also a highly competitive one in which airports are constantly looking for the next innovation. Ahead of us, the challenges abound including capacity constraints, airline consolidation, squaring the circle of sustainability and preparing for Brexit – so this year’s conference will a major opportunity for knowledge exchange between airports and others in the air transport sector on a wide range of topics. We look forward to seeing you there” said Olivier Jankovec, Director General, ACI EUROPE.

Other sessions will address private investments and societal benefits, digital transformation, and the airport brand proposition.

See the full programme and register.

Notes for editors

1. Airports Council International (ACI), the trade association of the world’s airports, was founded in 1991 with the objective of fostering cooperation among its member airports and other partners in world aviation, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Air Transport Association and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization. In representing the best interests of airports during key phases of policy development, ACI makes a significant contribution toward ensuring a global air transport system that is safe, secure, efficient and environmentally sustainable. As of January 2018, ACI serves 641 members operating 1953 airports in 176 countries. 

2. Download the PDF version of this media release.

Media contacts:

Hicham Ayoun
Manager, Communications
ACI World
Telephone: +1 514 373 1223

Anita Berthier
Manager, External Relations and Special Events
ACI World
Telephone: +1 514 373 1254

Robert O’Meara
Director, Media & Communications
Telephone: +32 486 541471