Airport Operations and Facilitation Conference
Future-proofing your airport: Harnessing new technologies to deliver operational excellence
This year’s Airport Operations and Facilitation Conference has a truly progressive theme, focusing on how airports are harnessing new technologies to deliver operational excellence. Airports, airlines, technology providers, and regulators will offer their perspectives on the concepts and initiatives poised to shape future airport operations. EASA’s new Basic Regulation, SESAR, remote towers, innovation hubs, blockchain, UAVs, autonomous vehicles, and end-to-end biometric-enabled passenger processing, are just some of the topics under discussion.
Attendees are invited to the welcome reception at the Norway Convention Center. Attendees will be treated to a relaxed evening of networking and socialising whilst enjoying local refreshments, canapes and entertainment.
State of the Industry Address:
Welcome from ACI Asia-Pacific:
Welcome from the host:
The first commercial routes using electric aircraft are expected before 2030, and Norway hopes to be the testing ground.
Challenges of Growth
Director Network Management
Efficient airport network development: ways to overcome capacity constraints and deliver environmentally-conscious growth
Vice-President Sales, Head of A220 Sales, Qatar and A380 Market Development
Head of Operations Planning, Performance and Transformation
London Heathrow Airport
Deputy Executive Director
SESAR Joint Undertaking
Director Network Management
Assistant Director, Air Traffic Management Infrastructure, Europe
Manager: Safety, Capacity, ATM & Single European Sky
The NEXTT vision: What does the air transport experience of the future look like?
(NEXTT – New Experience Travel Technologies – is a joint initiative between ACI and IATA aimed at creating a common vision to enhance the on-ground experience, guide industry investments and help governments improve the regulatory framework over the next 20 years)
Program Manager, NEXTT
Further key interventions from:
Groupe ADP has developed an ‘Innovation Hub’, which leads 15 experimentation programmes each year dedicated to the smart airport, robotics and new mobility solutions. As a result, what real and measurable operational efficiencies have been created at the Paris airports and across Groupe ADP’s international portfolio?
Head of Innovation & Corporate Venture
The Aviation Blockchain Sandbox: SITA has launched a major industry research project to explore the potential of blockchain, building on a trial involving British Airways, Heathrow, Geneva Airport and Miami Airport. What “smart contracts” are now being tested “across a number of airport operational use cases”?
AOE has launched a fully digitalised Collection Point solution at Auckland International Airport, integrating 200+ off-airport retailers, streamlining the process for handling, storing and distributing goods at one central location. Is this truly a game-changer when it comes to how airports refund taxes to international passengers while generating additional revenue streams?
Digitalising Europe’s aviation infrastructure
Deputy Executive Director
SESAR Joint Undertaking
Key interventions from:
The world-leading Avinor experience of transitioning to remote towers. Avinor is introducing remote tower services at 15 airports, which will be operated from a central tower in Bodø. The phased implementation began in Q3 2018 and will be complete by the end of 2020.
Chief Executive ANS (CEO)
ATM simulation and validation – critical capabilities to drive airport capacity enhancement
HungaroControl – the Hungarian air navigation service provider – drives an extensive air navigation research & development programme, coupled with simulation services to support prototyping and validation. As a consequence of air traffic growth globally, there is an increased need to explore alternative solutions to address current challenges. Simulation and validation are critical capabilities to identify, build and accelerate solutions that tangibly optimise capacity and support efficient airport operations. In recent years, HungaroControl has been making ground-breaking efforts to improve flight safety, optimise capacity, reduce operational costs and enhance environmental sustainability, not just for ATM industry, but also for airports and airport operators.
Reliable baggage tracking undoubtedly improves passenger experience and operational excellence and IATA’s strategy is to mandate all its partners to move to comprehensive real time baggage tracking from 2020
Business Development Director
What are the results of the airport contribution to synchronised ATM modernisation in Europe? The SESAR Deployment Airport Grouping (SDAG) helps airports apply for Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) funding to modernise airport ATM tasks. Brussels Airport submitted a multi-stakeholder project – “Synchronised stakeholder decision on process optimisation at airport level” – designed to improve the efficiency of airside operations through real-time information sharing. It sees the involvement of 13 airport operators and two ANSPs
Operational Improvement Manager
Brussels Airport Company
A critical element of SESAR R&D programmes is an emphasis on improving runway safety and throughput. What efficiencies and safety improvements have the research results brought to airports including Heathrow, Paris-CDG and Zurich?
Oslo City Hall
Our hosts Avinor, are proud to host an elegant gala dinner that matches the superb surroundings of the impressive Oslo City Hall, showcase Norwegian music and culture in variable genres with well-known Norwegian artists. Oslo City Hall, or Rådhuset, is decorated with great Norwegian art from 1900-1950, with motifs from Norwegian history, culture and working life. This remarkable venue attracts over 300,000 visitors every year and offers a magnificent view over Oslo Fjord.
The aviation industry’s carbon reduction targets will only be achieved with support from across the supply chain: driving change through sustainable aviation fuels, carbon neutral operations and offsetting programmes
Air BP Nordics
Joint Keynote Address:
Run your airport like a Formula 1 Team
Applying Formula 1 thinking to optimise operations in the air transport industry. Can a “closed loop system” and data-driven approach to decision-making deliver a real step-change in performance?
McLaren Applied Technologies
Director, Aviation Technology
Deloitte MCS Limited
Vice President Strategy, Safety and Environment
Urban Air Mobility powered by batteries or hybrid power sources has the potential to radically change the way we travel in the very near future. Both electric fixed wing and electric VTOL aircraft with their lower capital and operating costs could reduce the cost of flight to a point where it may be normal to choose a flight mode as a part of your journey. The development of electric aviation will lead to a distributed aviation system making better use of existing second tier and general aviation airports, while potentially freeing up capacity at larger regional and international airports
Swanson Aviation Consultancy
Further key interventions from:
The European Parliament voted in favour of EASA’s Basic Regulation on the safe use of drones. What do airports need to know about the state of play regarding U-Space? And what is planned to raise awareness of the new European rules?
Flight Standards Director
The roll-out of an electric and autonomous vehicle fleet is a key factor in developing “the most climate-smart airports in the world”. Swedavia’s operations at Visby Airport became entirely fossil-free in June 2018 and the objective is to have entirely fossil-free operations at all 10 Swedavia airports by 2020
Robots at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport can park cars and aim to accommodate 50% more vehicles in a zero-emission long-stay facility. What has been the operational success of the first year of this operation – and how well does a robotic system cope with human requirements?
Co-founder & COO
Project Yeti: Avinor has trialled autonomous snow removal at Fagernes Airport (200km north of Oslo), and will use autonomous snowploughs in operation at OSL this winter. The control system uses precise digital patterns to clear snow in a formation of vehicles working together. What will be the measurable impact in terms of increased efficiency and reduced delays?
Semcon Devotek AS
After substantial financial support from the EUs’ Horizon 2020 innovation fund (in which it received the Seal of Excellence and a record-high score in the environment-transportation category) the world’s first automated multi-use system for washing and de-icing aircraft, allowing recovery of chemicals, is being built at Norway’s Skien Airport
MSG Production AS
Closing Keynote Speaker:
“I really believe that we will have a major technology shift from the turboprop segment” – a possibility for flying a zero emission 50-seat aircraft by 2030
Tours only available to registered premium conference attendees.
Our host, Avinor, is a success story driven by innovation, the pinnacle of which is Oslo Airport’s expansion project, which opened in April 2017 concluding a €1.2 billion project. The multi-award winning terminal is a major success story for Avinor, who are responsible for 45 state-owned airports across Norway.
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