Keynote Arena

Theme:

“Leading airports towards operational excellence, profitability and customer service”*

*Inspired by the Oman Airport Management Company five-year transformation strategy “Growing gateways to beauty and opportunity”.

The Keynote Arena sees all delegates come together for high-level briefings from leading figures in the industry, this years’ promises to be the highlight of the show featuring the “Middle East Masterclass”

Download the Keynote Conference agenda (PDF)

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

Specialist Conference Streams



Security & Crisis
Management Summit

Airport Operations
Conference

Airport Development
Conference

Digital Innovation &
Big Data Conference

15:15 - 16:00
Coffee break

16:00 - 17:30

Specialist Conference Streams



Security & Crisis
Management Summit

Airport Operations
Conference

Airport Development
Conference

Digital Innovation &
Big Data Conference

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

Specialist Conference Streams



Security & Crisis
Management Summit

Airport Operations
Conference

Airport Development
Conference

Digital Innovation &
Big Data Conference

12:30 - 13:30
Lunch Break

13:30 - 14:45

Specialist Conference Streams



Security & Crisis
Management Summit

Airport Operations
Conference

Airport Development
Conference

Digital Innovation &
Big Data Conference

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