Airport Operations Conference

Theme:

Operational excellence: Ensuring new technologies and facilities really deliver the efficiencies and capacities we need

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Wednesday 6th December - Day 1


09:00 - 10:00

Welcome Addresses in the Keynote Arena

(For all delegates)



Welcome from the Host


CEO


Sheikh Aimen Ahmed Al Hosni

CEO

Oman Airports Management Company

State of the Industry Address


Director General


Olivier Jankovec

Director General

ACI EUROPE

Welcome from ACI Asia-Pacific


Regional Director


Patti Chau

Regional Director

ACI Asia-Pacific




10:00 - 10:45
Official exhibition opening & coffee break

10:45 - 12:30

Global Leaders Masterclass: Part I

(For all delegates)



Airport chiefs from across the Middle East region come together to discuss key market, operational, and developmental forces driving change.

Moderator


Managing Director


George Karamanos

Managing Director

KPI Aviation Marketing Solutions

Global Leaders:


“Growing gateways to beauty and opportunity:” OAMC’s five-year strategic plan. The OAMC’s five-year strategy sets out the purpose, vision and mission for the company and outlines the strategic roadmap to support achieving the national objective of diversifying the economy by establishing a strong aviation sector. The central focus of Strategy2020 between 2016-2020 is to open new Muscat Airport, to strengthen Muscat as a Hub Airport in the region and to foster Salalah, Sohar and Duqum Airport as a touristic and business trade destination. OAMC is using this strategy by actively living the company’s purpose to grow Oman’s gateways to beauty and opportunity by connecting Oman to the rest of the world, thereby contributing to prosperity and well-being of the Sultanate of Oman and its people.

CEO


Sheikh Aimen Ahmed Al Hosni

CEO

Oman Airports Management Company

In order to maintain its “focus on high growth regions which enable TAV to outpace global trends and European counterparts” is TAV looking to step-up its “smart growth” strategy, in particular in terms of increasing “acquisition opportunities” and growing the contribution of TAV service companies?

President and CEO


Dr Sani Şener

President and CEO

TAV Airports

Just a brief disruption for a disruptor? How optimistic is Hamad International Airport that it can both maintain its position, and then re-grow after the current political situation subsides? World Cup 2022: how does the hosting of this major event translate into a lasting dividend for a hub airport?

Chief Operating Officer


Badr Mohammed Al Meer

Chief Operating Officer

Hamad International Airport




12:30 - 13:45
Lunch break

13:45 - 15:15

Remote Towers and the Digitalising of Middle Eastern and European ATM Infrastructure

First Working Session

Moderator:


David McMillan

Chair

ATM Policy Institute

Defining Keynote Presentation:


SESAR, the EU’s flagship project for modernising air traffic management, is now deep into the 2014–20 deployment phase. How is the ambitious and large-scale implementation of ATM infrastructure progressing as the new harmonised means of enhancing both air traffic and ground movement safety?

Peter Hotham

Deputy Executive Director

SESAR Joint Undertaking

Speakers:


The London City Airport remote tower concept: why “augmented reality is the real game changer”.

Alison Fitzgerald

COO

London City Airport

Remote tower implementation in Europe and the Middle East: Why remote tower works for some regional airports but not others, and why major airports like Abu Dhabi are investigating remote towers as a “redundant tower” solution

Conor Mullan

Managing Director

Think Research

The SESAR Deployment Airport Grouping (SDAG) has a roadmap for modernising airport ATM tasks and you can receive funding of up to 50% of the total investment

Luc Laveyne

Senior Adviser Single European Sky

ACI EUROPE

A unique and practical insight into the liberalisation of air traffic markets: How real choice delivers value to airports worldwide

Paul Reid

Chairman

Air Navigation Solutions Ltd


15:15 - 16:00
Coffee break

16:00 - 17:30

Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer – ORAT: Case Studies and Consulting Solutions for the Smooth Opening of New Airport Infrastructure

Second Working Session

Moderator:


Moderator’s presentation and introductory remarks covering the Oman Airports Management Company-Munich Airport cooperation for operational readiness and transfer of the new international airports of Muscat and Salalah

Ivonne Kuger

Vice President Operations

Munich Airport International

Celebrating its first year of successful operations in KSA, daa International’s contract for the management of King Khaled International Airport Terminal 5, Riyadh, centres on the theme of “Transforming Together with RAC (Riyadh Airports Company)” and also includes a strong focus on the generation of future commercial revenues

Colm Moran

Chief Executive

daa International

Saud Al-Sabhan

Marketing Director

Riyadh Airports Company

The experience of working with Munich Airport partners in support of the opening of the new Muscat and Salalah Airport facilities

Saud Nasser Al Hubaishi

Acting GM Readiness

Oman Airports Management Company

What makes great ORAT? (Draw on the recent diverse examples of ADPM’s ventures with TAV at Zagreb Airport and with VINCI Airports in Santiago)

Loïc Briand

Project Director

ADP International

The ORAT Project at New Istanbul Airport

Stephan Schwolgin

Senior Project Engineer, ORAT Project Manager at New Istanbul Airport (iGA)

Copenhagen Airports

Thursday 7th December - Day 2


09:00 - 10:30

Global Leaders Masterclass: Part II

Part II



Airport chiefs come together to discuss key market, operational, and developmental forces driving change.

Moderator


Managing Director


George Karamanos

Managing Director

KPI Aviation Marketing Solutions

Global Leaders:


Drawing on the extensive regional and international expertise of its shareholders in airport operation and construction, Airport International Group has invested nearly $1 billion in the rehabilitation of Queen Alia International Airport facilities through two phases opening in 2013-16. Have these developments had the desired effect with airline customers and travellers? The corporate plan “to increase capacity even further to 16 million passengers” would represent a doubling in traffic. How does AIG aim to achieve this?

CEO Airport International Group


Kjeld Binger

CEO Airport International Group

Operator of Queen Alia International Airport

Explain the scope and timescale of the Delhi Airport Expansion and the recently announced “greenfield airport” at Mopa in North Goa. Besides Hyderabad Airport, GMR also operates Cebu International Airport, Philippines, and has been selected to develop, operate and manage the new airport serving Heraklion in Greece. What is expectation of these overseas investments and what is the future vision for GMR’s place in the world of major airport groups?

CEO - Corporate


P S Nair

CEO - Corporate

GMR Airport Developers Ltd

Bahrain’s $1bn Airport Modernization Program has the aim of elevating the airport’s infrastructure and services in line with the highest levels of safety, security, technology and environmental standards.” In what way will the new terminal meet these goals? The new BIA facilities will offer enough capacity for 50% growth on current levels – what is the growth strategy?

CEO


Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah

CEO

Bahrain Airport Company




10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break

11:00 - 12:30

The Airport Operations Leaders’ Conversation: Finding the means to grow – while maintaining excellent operational efficiency

Third Working Session

Moderator:


Guillaume Burghouwt

Senior Advisor Group Strategy

Royal Schiphol Group

Defining Presentation:


Hamad International Airport is to press ahead “as soon as possible” with Concourse F, taking capacity to 65 million passengers. How will the new building benefit from experiences gained since the original campus opened in 2014?

Ioannis Metsovitis

Vice President Operations

Hamad International Airport

Speakers:


Driving ground performance and on-time departures at the world’s busiest single-runway airport.

Neil Harvey

Head of Airline Performance

Gatwick Airport

Managing major organisational change, strategic direction, and the performance of new airport operations at Muscat, Salalah and at regional airports across the Sultanate of Oman

David Wilson

COO

Oman Airports Management Company


12:30 - 13:30
Lunch Break

13:30 - 14:45

Baggage as a service: a revolutionary vision for baggage to 2025

Fourth Working Session

Moderator:


The new ACI EUROPE Guidelines on Passenger Services

Federico Bonaudi

Manager: Facilitation, Parliamentary Affairs & Regional Airports

ACI EUROPE

Joint Presentation:


The findings in the “Baggage as a Service” platform

Ad Rutten

Special Advisor

Baggage as a Service

Katinka Bergema

Researcher in PASSME

Delft University of Technology

Panel:


Wissam Andary

Sales Manager EMEA

Vanderlande


14:45 - 15:15

Keynote Finale

In the Keynote Arena



Keynote speaker


Extending Airport Capacity with Hyperloop 

With speeds 2-3 times faster than high-speed rail, Hyperloop offers an opportunity to link regional airports with inter-airport transport times comparable to terminal transfers, as well as connect the airport with urban centers. How will the Hyperloop impact commercial considerations for future airport planning and development, and what are the plans for its introduction into the Middle East and India

Managing Director of Middle East and India


Harj Dhaliwal

Managing Director of Middle East and India

Hyperloop One

Oman’s first low-cost carrier plays an instrumental role within ASAAS’ tourism/transportation investment strategies, themselves a key component of Oman’s diversification agenda

CEO, Muscat National Development & Investment Company (ASAAS)


Sheikh Khalid bin Hilal Al Yahmadi

CEO, Muscat National Development & Investment Company (ASAAS)

Chairman, Salam Air