Keynote Arena

Keynote Arena

The Keynote Arena sees all delegates come together for high-level briefings from leading figures both within and outside the industry, including airports, airlines, and companies shaping our industry.

Event Theme

“We cannot be radical enough* – harnessing every action towards operating the zero-carbon airport”

Building less-impactful, smarter, secure and safer airports.

*Sir David Attenborough, COP24, Katowice, December 2018


Preamble:

“Our forefathers lived and survived in this environment, because they recognised the need to conserve it, to take from it only what they needed to live, and to preserve it for succeeding generations.”

Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, 1st President of the United Arab Emirates

The Agenda


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 - 12:45

Front office; back office: Stand-out passenger experience technologies; stand-out new operational technologies

First Working Session


Moderator:


Director Business Development, Airport
George Fenergi

Director Business Development, Airport

SITA

Defining presentation:


The Etihad-Elenium partnership to revolutionise check-in and boarding at the Midfield Terminal

Check-in and boarding at the Midfield Terminal will include voice-activated kiosks and bag drops, eliminating the need for tagged luggage using cloud technology, AI, computer vision and natural human interfacing. Shoppers will be recognised by biometrics and provided with a personalised duty free experience through a voice interactive display. Passengers will then board without the need for a printed pass.

Head of Technology
Abe Dev

Head of Technology

Etihad

CEO
Aaron Hornlimann

CEO

Elenium Automation

Speakers:


The 5G Smart Airport, optimising the full force of Information and Communications Technology to build the efficient, collaborative, digitalised future airport where service levels will rise

Joey Wang

PMP Programme Manager

Huawei

The digital airside: Besides meeting standards required by ICAO’s new Annex 15, aeronautical information management in AIXM 5.1 format plays an indispensable role in airport management systems – benefits range across day-to-day actual situations, as well as enabling the planning of future operation, improving efficiency, safety, and data quality

CEO
Simona Franková

CEO

NG Aviation

European airports and the future of baggage handling

Rapporteur, ACI EUROPE Task Force on Baggage Handling
Ad Rutten

Rapporteur, ACI EUROPE Task Force on Baggage Handling

ACI EUROPE

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Speaker Invited

11:30 - 12:30

The Asia-Europe Airport Security Leaders Forum



A discussion of select members of the ACI Asia-Pacific Regional Aviation Security Committee (21 members) and the ACI EUROPE Security Committee (133 members)

Moderator:


Head of Aviation Security
David Ryder

Head of Aviation Security

ACI EUROPE

Speaking for ACI Asia-Pacific airports:


Hussain F. Qabbani

Manager (Aviation Security Sector)

General Authority of Civil Aviation Saudi Arabia

General Manager (Security)
Sudhir Kumar Malik

General Manager (Security)

Airports Authority of India

Speaking for ACI EUROPE airports


Senior Security Expert
Wilfried Covent

Senior Security Expert

Brussels Airport Company

SVP Safety & Security
Johan Merten

SVP Safety & Security

Budapest Airport

Turgay Sahan

General Manager Aviation Security

TAV Airport Holdings

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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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Speaker Invited

11:30 - 12:30

Putting sustainability at the core of the airport business strategy

First Working Session


Chairman’s presentation on the ACI EUROPE Sustainability Strategy

Senior Advisor
Panagiotis Karamanos

Senior Advisor

Airport Carbon Accreditation

A strategic panel conversation “What should sustainability mean for airports?” featuring:

Advisor Group Strategy & Sustainability
Michelle Samson

Advisor Group Strategy & Sustainability

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Sustainability Manager
Leigh Gapp

Sustainability Manager

Adelaide Airport

Director, Innovative Travel Solutions
Linda Schucroft

Director, Innovative Travel Solutions

Vancouver Airport Authority

Head
Susanne Rynesch

Head

Austrian platform against aircraft noise

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12:45 - 14:00
Lunch break

Speaker Invited

14:00 - 15:30

Security and the passenger experience – the desire for end-to-end solutions involving ALL the stakeholders (a special focus on biometrics)

Second Working Session


Moderator’s presentation:


Despite the significant promise of biometrics, implementation requires an understanding of the stakeholders, their concerns, and the limitations of the technology

Partner
Jeffery Oboy

Partner

M2P

Speakers:


Drawing examples from IATA’s recent work at the airports of Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, and Muscat, what are the measurable improvements in security effectiveness, operational efficiency, and passenger experience through technology, process innovation, and the use of risk-based security concepts? (Comment also on IATA’s “One ID” and biometric facilitation programmes.)

Regional Director - Africa & Middle East Airports, Passenger, Cargo, Security & Facilitation
Kashif Khalid

Regional Director - Africa & Middle East Airports, Passenger, Cargo, Security & Facilitation

IATA

Are the on-the-ground facilitation and security stakeholders efficiently working together?

Senior Manager
Henry Ennis

Senior Manager

Deloitte

Abu Dhabi International Airport’s “Smart Travel” initiative is a partnership with the Ministry of Interior and Abu Dhabi Police. Does “Smart Travel” achieve its targets of reducing processing times by 70% – and does it enhance security? 

Ahmed Juma Al Shamsi

Acting Chief Operations Officer

Abu Dhabi Airports

Special Presentation


Aviation Community Recommended Information Services (ACRIS) : One common language for the Aviation community

Serge Yonke Nguewo

Senior Manager, Facilitation and IT

ACI World

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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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Speaker Invited

14:00 - 15:30

The airport development casebook: Good future airport ideas (and great sustainable ideas)

Second Working Session


Chairman


Senior Advisor
Panagiotis Karamanos

Senior Advisor

Airport Carbon Accreditation

Speakers


COOL airports: Imagine if we could make airports cooler and greener all year round, and reduce the air temperature enough to see a reduction in energy usage.

Business Development Management – Environmental Opportunities
Greg Ingleton

Business Development Management – Environmental Opportunities

South Australian Water Corporation

Sustainability Manager
Leigh Gapp

Sustainability Manager

Adelaide Airport

The brand-new Beijing-Daxing Airport: What did it mean to design the world’s newest, biggest airport, and what are the “unique features” of this “vision of the airport of tomorrow?”

Deputy CEO
Olivier Guichard

Deputy CEO

ADP Ingénierie

Successful technical and business strategies to implement solar and wind energy at or near your airport

Managing Director
Ruud Ummels

Managing Director

To70 BV

Muscat International Airport case study: How close collaboration between Oman Airports and KONE resulted in an improved people flow in the airport and an enhanced passenger experience.

VP for Technical Services
Saeed Khamis Al Zadjali

VP for Technical Services

Oman Airports

Managing Director UAE and Oman
Azzam Messaykeh

Managing Director UAE and Oman

KONE

KONE (speaker name TBC)

Good future airport ideas (and great sustainable ideas) What is the right PPP model for Middle East airports, and how should governments attract investors? Can smaller airports (below 5 million) also be attractive investment and money-making opportunities?

Middle East & South Asia Aviation Director
Jacques Khoriaty

Middle East & South Asia Aviation Director

Egis

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15:30 - 16:15
Coffee break

Speaker Invited

16:15 - 17:30

Abu Dhabi Airports Midfield Terminal Deep Dive Session

Third Working Session


Moderator:


The Abu Dhabi Airports story is one of success driven by innovation and development, the pinnacle of which is the Mid-Field Terminal project. Designed to be the largest and architecturally magnificent structure in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi this session takes an in-depth look at the project.

Representative from

Abu Dhabi Airports

Speakers:


Case study: New models for Airport Operational Data Base systems (AODB). While airports struggle to find and implement the right AODB system, new technologies are revolutionising AODB creation and acquisition, facilitating a move to modular and subscription-based microservices based on cost effective OPEX models.

Managing Director
Abdul Razzak Mikati

Managing Director

Dubai Technology Partners

Sales Director- Middle East, Turkey, Africa and Central Asia
Amir Emam

Sales Director- Middle East, Turkey, Africa and Central Asia

Honeywell Airports

CEO
Walter Seib

CEO

HMSHost

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Speaker Invited

16:15 - 17:30

Is Computed Tomography the turning point in the 13-year “temporary” restrictions on screening liquid and gels? The future regulation…the problems…the industry solutions

Third Working Session


Moderator


Corporate Security Advisor
Bart Mos

Corporate Security Advisor

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Defining presentation


“In late-2018 the UK Department for Transport required its airports to install Computed Tomography cabin baggage scanners by Dec 2022. Presented as a “more stringent measure” it potentially has the benefit of ending the separate screening of liquids, gels and laptops. But are there problems too – the high cost for smaller airports; for onward connecting passengers etc?”

Deputy Director, Head of Aviation Security International Operations
Kashif Chaudry

Deputy Director, Head of Aviation Security International Operations

Department for Transport UK

Speakers:


What were the learnings and outcomes of the CT trials at Munich Airport for cabin baggage? Are the full benefits for passengers possible at this heavily transfer-orientated hub airport?

Robert Goetze

Senior Manager

Munich Airport International

Why select the Smiths Detection CT solution? Smiths Detection’s HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX CT technology has been selected by the Transportation Security Administration (a $97 million order for 300-units), while the latest installations have also just gone live at Melbourne Terminal 4. In addition to use by airports in Korea and Japan, trails continue at several other airports in APAC, Europe and the US.

Global Market Director Aviation
Richard Thompson

Global Market Director Aviation

Smiths Detection

Why select the Rapiscan CT solution? Approved by ECAC in March, Rapiscan’s 920 CT is billed as “resolving today’s and tomorrow’s challenges facing regulators and airports”

Steve Buchan

Senior Director, Business Development Checkpoint

Rapiscan Systems

Why select IDSS CT solution? IDSS’s DETECT™ is already operational at airports since February 2017 including Boston (3 configurations), Las Vegas, Regional Southwest Airport, Houston Hobby, and Cincinnati with one planned for Chicago, and fourteen more installed at five international airports. TSA and DHS S&T have placed over $20 million in contracts for IDSS’s DETECT™ 1000 units and additional applications.

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Joseph Paresi

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

IDSS

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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

Digital Towers panel: As large and small airports, including Abu Dhabi, consider the cost and redundancy benefits of remote towers, what are merits of the solutions on the market?

Fourth Working Session


Moderated by:


Managing Director
Conor Mullan

Managing Director

Think Research

Defining Presentation:


The digital airport revolution: How the new era of collaboration can unlock airport and airspace capacity, reduce costs, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, and deliver the next generation of airport planning

Chief Solutions Officer
Andy Taylor

Chief Solutions Officer

NATS

Panel:


VP Development & Governmental Affairs
Niclas Gustavsson

VP Development & Governmental Affairs

Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions (SDATS)

CEO
Wolfgang Hatzack

CEO

ATRiCS

Head of ATM
Neil Bowles

Head of ATM

Searidge Technologies

Head of Business Development & Solutions, Head Office
Paul Diestelkamp

Head of Business Development & Solutions, Head Office

Air Navigation Solutions

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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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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