Airport Development Conference

Airport Development and Environment Conference

The Airport Development & Environment Conference highlights best-practice strategies for building operationally, environmentally and digitally innovative airports. This year, it focuses on key airport developments stimulating significant national development, as well as how digital transformation is influencing new infrastructure planning. A common thread is environmental sustainability, and how scheduled developments will meet climate change objectives.

The 2018 conference agendas are currently being developed. Meanwhile, please find below the 2017 conference programme, which provides insight into the quality of the speakers and the key areas of focus.

Wednesday 6th December - Day 1

09:00 - 10:00

Welcome Addresses in the Keynote Arena

(For all delegates)

Welcome from the Host


Sheikh Aimen Ahmed Al Hosni


Oman Airports Management Company

State of the Industry Address

Director General

Olivier Jankovec

Director General


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.


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.


Sheikh Aimen Ahmed Al Hosni


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

The OAMC Deep Dive Session part I: The new Muscat International Airport – the Operational and Commercial Partners

First Working Session

Keynote Presentation:

Groundhandling – why performance matters – a commitment to a growing competitive presence in Oman and the Middle East

Joe Phelan

Group Chief Operating Officer

Swissport International Ltd


The New Muscat International Airport: Building a growing gateway of beauty and opportunity

David Wilson


Oman Airports Management Company

Maximising duty free’s role in a Middle East airports partnership

Ersan Arcan


ATU Duty Free

New Muscat International Airport: What will the brand new commercial experience be like?

Nuno Amaral


ARIME (Aer Rianta International Middle East)

Collaboration beyond fuel supply: establishing successful refuelling operations, examples from Muscat and Salalah

Richard Pereira

General Manager, Middle East & Asia Pacific

Shell Aviation

15:15 - 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30

The OAMC Deep Dive Session part II: The Core Partners and Suppliers

Second Working Session


What are the commercial aspirations of OAMC’s 2020 transformation strategy, and how are these translated into “the best possible hospitality, reception and services” in the new terminal? (Also explain how Omani companies and SMEs have been encouraged to participate to give local flavour and balance with the international offer.)

Samer Ahmed Al Nabhani

GM Commercial Operations, Muscat International Airport

Oman Airports Management Company

Turning an airport’s vision into reality: designing the OAMC strategy and formulating a detailed 5-year plan for achievement

Rob Nispeling


Stratagem consulting

Dr. Aju Samuel

Founder Director

Performance Factory

The airports of Muscat and Salalah are accredited at Level 1 of ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation – in what ways will OAMC be assisted to become fully carbon-neutral?

Serge Delchambre

Market Director for Transportation


Oman Air’s new fully automated cargo handling terminals at Muscat and Salalah: If cargo terminals, are built only “once in 15-20 years” how have these new facilities been future-proofed?

Alexandra Deeva

Marketing Executive

ALS Logistic Solutions

Selection of equipment to support the new Runway 08/26 at Muscat, and for other OAMC airports, was influenced by three case studies of rubber and paint removal systems conducted by the US Army Corps of Engineers

Dieter Pade

VP International

Cyclone Technology LLC

KONE Elevators and Escalators has delivered nearly 250 units to the new Muscat Airport, the latest in an extensive portfolio which includes London’s Heathrow, Moscow’s Sheremetyevo, Beijing’s Capital International and Los Angeles’ LAX. What capability and approach is required to find solutions for managing the passenger and goods flows in such diverse and demanding environments?

Tuukka Pakkala

Head of Global Escalator Offering

KONE Elevators and Escalators

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.


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?


Mohamed Yousif Al Binfalah


Bahrain Airport Company

10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30

Airport Development – the major and mega projects casebook

Third Working Session


Keith Hunter


Hunter Palmer – Global Retail Solutions

Defining Presentation:

The radical Turnaround Terminal promises: “less taxiways, less equipment needed, less employees needed, less fuel consumption, CO2 and NOX emission, turnaround times in just 25 minutes, capacity increase without capital expenditure, higher performance, smaller footprint…and more time for shopping!” Is this a dream or does the Turnaround Terminal really promise a revolution in airport construction and development?

Ad Rutten


Turnaround Terminal


Keeping mega airports human friendly: the example of Beijing New Daxing Airport

Gratien Maire


ADP Ingénierie

The $4.3 billion terminal being constructed by Kuwait Int. Airport will be the largest in the world to attain LEED gold environmental accreditation

Richard Meredith

Project Director, Kuwait International Terminal 2 Project

Limak Holding

Case study: A successful partnership between Indonesia’s State Owned Airport Company Angkasa Pura Airports and GVK, one of the largest private operators and owner of Mumbai International Airport –  a strategic collaboration between airport companies to drive innovation, service excellence and shareholder value.

Robert Waloni

President Director

PT Ritma Wijaya Aviasi

12:30 - 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:45

Living in the shadows of mega-airports: The efforts required of regional airports to maintain relevance and continue investment and development

Fourth Working Session


Major, mega and macro – strategic infrastructure and development planning on a volume scale: As airports have grown in scale, with multiple functions and complex operations, the need for professional leadership and management at all levels has also grown. The evolution of airports into businesses, more competition and challenging economic circumstances, has also increased the need for a leadership development approach to deliver results. (Drawing on examples of its work in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Sudan.)

Dr. Nadine Itani

Managing Partner

TAV Aviation Minds


The expansion of Salalah Airport to 1 million (and potentially 6 million): Part of a strategic offensive to develop Salalah as a tourist destination. With a much cooler climate during summer, Salalah is a magnet for both Omanis and other Arabs.

Salim Awadh Al Yafaei

General Manager, Salalah Airport

Oman Airports Management Company

Having worked at the airports of Madinah, Abha, Jazan, and Al Baha, what can Middle East airports now learn from the sensitive expansion of Venice International Airport?

Giulio De Carli

Founder and Managing Partner

One Works

Building and operating a sustainable regional airport: The case of Cebu Airport, Philippines

Dr. Govindan Sridharan

Executive Director

GMR Airport Developers Ltd

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

Endorsement from attendees of ACI Airport Exchange 2017:

KONE Elevators and Escalators
Oman Airports Management Company
One Works

All of the conferences were very interesting and the timings were perfect – it was just the right amount of time for each speaker and it was very engaging. The topics were also very relevant. Overall, I attended most of the sessions and I really liked them; we found very new concepts and new technologies.

Dalia Elbaltaji, Account Manager, SITA, and Laike Tafesse, Director Solution Design, Airport Solution Line - SITA

I attended the Security & Crisis Management Summit which was focused on inside threats and all of the speakers that I heard were focusing on the matter and were giving very nice suggestions for the future. The level was very high and met my expectations for sure.

Massimo Bonechi, Defence Security & Transportation Direction - Thales

The whole organisation behind the event was great and I particularly enjoyed the fact that there were different sessions of the conference. It is interesting because sometimes you tend to think that something might not be of your core interest but it turns out to be. And also, I really enjoyed the networking and in general coming together with the people from the industry.

Peder Beausang, Corporate Crisis Manager, Corporate Security and Safety - Swedavia

Discussions in the conference sessions have been very engaging, with a lot of interaction between the speakers and the audience. The networking has been excellent – I am pleased with the good contacts we have made both regionally and internationally.

Tuukka Pakkala, Head of Global Escalator Offering - KONE Elevators and Escalators

It has been a very big event, with lots of exhibitors and a very high standard of organisation. Overall, I am amazed at the quality of ACI Airport Exchange.

Mohamed Al Husaini, CEO Office Manager - Oman Airports Management Company

ACI Airport Exchange has been excellent. It has been very well attended, the conference sessions have been interesting, and there has been a good level of engagement between participants.

Giulio De Carli, Founder and Managing Partner - One Works