Conference Theme

More Smarter, More Safer, More Sustainable Airport Operations

Airport Operations Conference

Airport Operations Conference

This year’s Airport Operations Conference is focusing on “More Smarter, More Safer, More Sustainable Airport Operations”. Airports, airlines, technology providers, and regulators will offer their perspectives on the concepts and initiatives poised to shape future airport operations. Autonomous & electric vehicles, birdstrike risk, digitalisation of the entire airport journey and drone incursions are just some of the topics under discussion.

Tuesday 26th November - Day 1

Speaker Invited

09:00 - 10:30

Welcome Addresses in Keynote Arena



Welcome from the host:


CEO
Bryan Thompson

CEO

Abu Dhabi Airports

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

Keynote speeches:


“Quite simply, the industry cannot achieve its sustainability goals with the technologies existing today; now is the right time to focus on larger aircraft and bring hybrid-electric aircraft closer to reality.”

E-Fan Program Lead
Olivier Maillard

E-Fan Program Lead

Airbus

The post-fossil fuel aviation future

In January 2019, Etihad flew the first commercial flight in the UAE using biofuel. What did the 787-9 flight to Amsterdam demonstrate about a “pioneering project and proof of concept that is local, viable, cost-effective and sustainable”?

Group CEO
Tony Douglas

Group CEO

Etihad

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10:30 - 11:30
Coffee break

Speaker Invited

11:30 - 12:30

The planned/predictable airport environment is totally perfect for the development of autonomous and electric vehicles – how quickly are these allied technologies being developed on the airport campus?

First Working Session

Moderator’s Presentation:


Are airports ready to reap the benefits of autonomous driving technologies?

Airports are great ‘testports’ for autonomous vehicle technologies and an increasing range of airside trials of are being conducted. What are the findings for improved safety, efficiency, and reduced cost/commercial benefit?

Principal
Tine Haas

Principal

Dornier Consulting International GmbH

Defining presentation:


E-PORT AN: Electromobility at Frankfurt Airport – the long-term goal to electrify 1,000+ vehicles at Frankfurt Airport

Coordinator Alternative Power Transmission Solutions
Andreas Eibensteiner

Coordinator Alternative Power Transmission Solutions

Fraport

Further speakers to be unveiled shortly

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12:45 - 14:00
Lunch break

Speaker Invited

14:00 - 15:30

There have to be better, scientific, and concise ways of measuring and managing birdstrike risk

Second Working Session

Defining presentation:


The greatest threat to aviation safety: The “Miracle of the Hudson” was only miraculous because it doesn’t happen more often – why airports and stakeholders must do far more to mitigate birdstrike.

President
Captain Gary Cooke

President

World Birdstrike Association

Speakers:


Director, Environment & Sustainability
Ülkü Özeren

Director, Environment & Sustainability

İGA Istanbul Airport

Head Wildlife and Biodiversity Management
Anastasios Anagnostopoulos

Head Wildlife and Biodiversity Management

Athens International Airport

 

Representative from

Abu Dhabi Airports

Further speakers to be unveiled shortly

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15:30 - 16:15
Coffee break

Speaker Invited

16:15 - 17:30

Digitalising the entire journey, the entire operation – in the airport, and in the skies

Third Working Session

Moderator:


Head Operations Control and Development
Thomas Romig

Head Operations Control and Development

Genève Aéroport

Defining Presentation:


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 that explores how innovation and technology can improve efficiency and customer experience. This session will bring new ideas to the table, exploring the outcomes of our NEXTT pre-conference workshop.

Advisor, NEXTT,
Stephen Saunders

Advisor, NEXTT,

ACI World

Director, Security, Facilitation and IT
Nina Brooks

Director, Security, Facilitation and IT

ACI World

Program Manager, NEXTT
Anne Carnall

Program Manager, NEXTT

IATA

Speakers:


Use of Digital Twin and 3D immersive interfaces for Total Airport Management

This presentation will focus on the use of digital twin technology for operational efficiency and total airport management.  It will discuss what a digital twin is, why we need it and why we need to move beyond the world of simple dashboards. How do we harness more data at the airport and build operational intelligence models?

Lead Engineer
Kevin O’Sullivan

Lead Engineer

SITA Lab

Working with all stakeholders to achieve a seamless, end-to-end passenger journey at the newest operational airport in the Middle East

COO
David Wilson

COO

Oman Airports

SESAR aims to modernise European ATM by defining, developing and delivering new and improved technologies and procedures (SESAR Solutions). What are the techniques being implemented in the air, and what SESAR Solutions are being applied at the airport?

Deputy Executive Director
Peter Hotham

Deputy Executive Director

SESAR Joint Undertaking

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Wednesday 27th November - Day 2

Speaker Invited

09:00 - 10:30

Middle East Airport Leaders Masterclass



Moderator


Managing Director
George Karamanos

Managing Director

KPI Aviation Marketing Solutions

Panel


CEO
Bryan Thompson

CEO

Abu Dhabi Airports

CEO
Sheikh Aimen Ahmed Al Hosni

CEO

Oman Airports

CEO Airport International Group
Kjeld Binger

CEO Airport International Group

Operator of Queen Alia International Airport

Chief Executive Officer
Sanjay Khanna

Chief Executive Officer

Ras Al Khaimah International Airport

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10:30 - 11:15
Coffee break

Speaker Invited

11:15 - 12:30

Airport drone incursion: Is a clear mitigation best practice emerging, and how do the competing technological solutions compare?

Fourth Working Session

Moderator


Manager: Safety, Capacity, ATM & Single European Sky
Aidan Flanagan

Manager: Safety, Capacity, ATM & Single European Sky

ACI EUROPE

Speakers:


Along with key stakeholders, Groupe ADP has developed Hologarde – “the comprehensive solution for long-distance drone detection.” What claims can be made for Hologarde’s effectiveness in an airport environment, and how advanced are plans to produce Hologarde on an industrial scale?

Project Director
Charles Telitsine

Project Director

Groupe ADP

Frequentis Drone Detection & Incident Handling solution – definition of responsibilities and procedures; fusion of UTM, ATM and Drone Detection; Cross-agency incident management

Kart Tschetschonig

or Manuel Guntschnig

Frequentis

Holographic Radar for Drone Detection

The benefits of Holographic radar include persistent 3D surveillance of the volume of interest, early warning of any drone approaching the airfield, and the ability to differentiate small drones from other targets in the airspace such as birds. Holographic radar’s range, sensitivity and classification capability make it particularly suitable for the protection of the airport approach paths

CEO
Dr. Dominic Walker

CEO

Aveillant

White Drone, Black Flag, Pink Boat – Using radar to see through the walls between safety, security & sustainability at airports

Business Development Manager
Geoff Moore

Business Development Manager

Blighter Surveillance Systems

AUDS (Anti-UAV Defence System) is in continuous military operation and fully combat proven with over 700 confirmed kills. How adaptable is AUDS to the operational requirements of civilian airports, especially those bordering populated areas?

Sales Director
Dave Eldridge

Sales Director

Chess Dynamics

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Speaker Invited

12:30 - 13:15

Closing Keynote



Formula 1 insights into airports – practical examples of the McLaren Digital Twin approach into the aviation environment 

Following their keynote presentation at last year’s Airport Exchange in Oslo, come and hear from the McLaren Deloitte alliance on the progress being made in applying fast simulation and modelling methods, the Digital Twin, into aviation organisations across the globe. This presentation will include insight into how leading airports and airlines are leveraging the Digital Twin approach at the heart of McLaren’s racing team to deliver superior performance in aviation.

General Manager, Aviation Products
Martin Bowman

General Manager, Aviation Products

McLaren Deloitte Alliance

The world’s most sustainable community emerges next to Abu Dhabi Airport

Masdar City, headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency, is designed to be the hub for clean-tech companies and one of the world’s most sustainable urban communities – economically, socially and environmentally.

CEO
Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi

CEO

Masdar City

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13:15 - 14:15
Lunch Break

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Agendas Launched

4 Specialist conference streams + Keynote Arena

Airport Exchange Video Highlights:

Highlights from 2018, hosted by Avinor, Oslo

Highlights from 2017, hosted by OAMC, Oman

Airport Exchange Timeline

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Endorsement from attendees and exhibitors of ACI Airport Exchange:

AviaVox
Istanbul New Airport – iGA
Avinor
KONE
Swissport International Ltd
EMS Brüel & Kjær
IER
PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero)
ieon
Emirates Airline
Brussels Airport Company
Sydney Airport
Rostock Airport
One Works
InterVISTAS Consulting Group
Oman Airports
SureScan Corporation
KONE Elevators and Escalators
Vision-Box
Safegate Group
Swedavia
SITA
Thales
Incheon International Airport Corporation
SITA
Aertec Solutions
NATS
Avian Safe
eezeetags
Runway Safe

It was a very well attended event, we are very happy with not only the level and quality of the visitors but also the quantity. Based on our experience exhibiting we will definitely be present at the next ACI Airport Exchange.

Johan Godin, Managing Director - AviaVox

It is great to be here where we can meet our colleagues from all over the world and exchange ideas, see new and different projects. The digital innovations are especially impressive, as a Chief Commercial Officer I am trying to balance the commercial success and the customer experience.

Mert Baser, Chief Commercial Officer - Istanbul New Airport – iGA

It’s been fantastic, we have been here exhibiting our electric aircraft for two days, there has been a lot of interest and a lot of interesting conversations. Fantastic!

Olav Mosvold, Larsen, Senior Advisor - Avinor

We have always enjoyed the atmosphere at ACI Airport Exchange. They are very much about networking and meeting people but also showing the latest innovations and solutions. We are happy with this years’ event, it really stood up to our high expectations. There are very many attendees from different levels and we have had the opportunity to meet a lot of the right people. We are looking to come back to ACI Airport Exchange next year, it is becoming one of our regular events in the calendar.

Calin Hera, Business Development Manager - KONE

The event has been very good, with a great location. We have been busy in the exhibition, and the social events and networking have been excellent. We have certainly met a lot of the right people.

Didier Steullet, Country Manager - Swissport International Ltd

We have had a lot of traction with visitors to our stand in the exhibition here at ACI Airport Exchange. Oman Airports Management Company has shown a lot of interest, and it is very motivating that the host is so engaged in the event. We have been very busy in the exhibition – it is the best Airport Exchange I have attended. The social events and networking opportunities have also been excellent.

Jesper P. Simonsen, Business Development Manager - EMS Brüel & Kjær

I found the exhibition to be very well organised. The level of people versus the other exhibitions I take part in was very good. People here want to do business and everyone was open and welcoming to talk. We wanted to take part because we had a very good year with OAMC but I think we got even more than that out of it, so I am very happy

Cameron Cumming, Regional Sales Manager - IER

The event has been excellent and informative. I have found the conference sessions very interesting – there was lots of interaction and debate. The exhibition has been great, with a huge amount of companies to see. I have enjoyed the networking opportunities.

Daan Achmad, Director of Human Capital, General Affairs & IT - PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero)

The best part about the show was the ACI team and the way they have organised the conference. We managed to network and even meet new companies, who build technology we didn’t even know existed.

Naseer Ahmad Khan, Managing Director - ieon

It has been very interesting to hear from specialist speakers across the customer journey – it is clear that the value chain is becoming more aligned, and we are seeing more cooperation. The format of the conference sessions has worked very well, with a high level of debate and interaction with the audience. ACI Airport Exchange is also clearly very valuable in terms of networking opportunities.

Richard Jewsbury, Divisional Senior Vice President Projects - Emirates Airline

The conference sessions have been a very good source of exchange and experiences. There has been a good level of interaction between the speakers and the audience, which has allowed us all to share opinions. The networking opportunities have been fantastic, and really enjoyed the spectacular social events.

Florence Muls - Brussels Airport Company

The conference sessions have been interesting, informative and contained diverse thoughts about the future. Most of the sessions I have attended have been based around security as this is the sector I work in. They have addressed all the things that airports are talking about, from contract management to security infrastructure and technology, and always connecting back to the passenger experience.

Kyile Whyte, Security Infrastructure & Equipment Manager - Sydney Airport

ACI Airport Exchange has been superbly organised, as always. I found the conference sessions very interesting, and it has been a fantastic forum for both learning and networking

Dr Rainer Schwarz, Managing Director - Rostock Airport

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

It has been an amazing event. It has been exceptionally well organised and on such a massive scale – the scale of the event matches the scale of the new Istanbul airport! It has been a wonderful showcase for İGA and Istanbul New Airport, and for delegates to learn about this new mega-hub. The social events and networking opportunities have been great as always, and the entertainment was outstanding. The exhibition was also very impressive, and well set out.

Johan Schölvinck, Vice-President Commercial - InterVISTAS Consulting Group

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

ACI Airport Exchange been very good and extremely well attended this year. I went to a couple of conference sessions, and I really enjoyed them. The sessions presented great information, particularly the keynote address with Dr Sani Şener, Member of the ACI Governing Board and CEO TAV Airports Holding and TAV Construction, and Mertol Genç, General Manager İGA Havalimanları. I have also thoroughly enjoyed the networking and social events.

LeeAnn Levesque, President and CEO - SureScan Corporation

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 really good event and exhibition. It is the best of cultures between Europe and Asia, and of course with Turkey being one of the key drivers for aviation it is the right place and locations to do it, especially with the new airport. The most important part of the event is the exchange between Europe and Asia – even though aviation is a global business, the exchange between these two regions is very positive.

Pedro Alves, Business Development Manager - Vision-Box

ACI always put on an incredible event and always offers fantastic networking opportunities, the conference and exhibition showcases the perfect balance between networking and meeting new people and customers.

Meric Döner - Safegate Group

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

I thought the conference sessions were really well organised and informative and the flow of the sessions have been organised very well. There have been lots of very interesting and relevant topics, and I haven’t been to any that are boring. People always question whether it is worth taking the time out of day jobs to attend conferences, and for me it absolutely has been worth it. Valuable connections, and very valuable information.

Tijen Cirig, Director, Airport Solutions - 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

My time here has given me a better understanding about Turkish Airlines, and the new airport, which are areas that I am particularly interested in given that we provide construction and operation expertise to İGA, and it has provided some very valuable social opportunities.

Kwang Sik Song - Incheon International Airport Corporation

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

It has been very good – we’ve had many planned and unplanned meetings here and it has been a good show. We’ve attended ACI Airport Exchange four or five times, and it is the event that is on our list to attend every year.

Matthew Horsman - Aertec Solutions

The venue itself is pretty spectacular and there has been some really key players from different sectors in the market showcasing at the exhibition. The conference topics have been really great and relevant, particularly with İGA’s involvement and the focus on the new airport. We have had a very productive few days and people have been very open about their challenges, such as maximising airport infrastructure.

Nick Stevens, Senior Solution Architect - NATS

It has been really good and we have made some very interesting and good contacts. At these kind of conferences and exhibitions it isn’t so much about the footfall – you only need one good contact to make it worth attending.

Liz Sian - Avian Safe

This year has been very, very good. We’ve met many new customers, and we have also been able to learn about and see other new solutions and products in the market. Customers, airports and airlines have tried to learn more about our self-tagging products and we have been very pleased with not just the results, but also the venue, the location and the food. ACI Airport Exchange is very good for not only the external market, but also the internal market.

Borry Vrieling, Founder and Managing Director - eezeetags

It is our first time at ACI Airport Exchange, although we have visited other shows in the US, and we will definitely be attending this show next year. We are a niche market with our greenEMAS solution, but the customers that have come by have been interesting and valuable.

Göran Felldin - Runway Safe