Conference Programme Wednesday 1st May

09:30 - 10:30  Session

How do airports and their regions work together to attract new airline services and open up new markets: what can be learned from engaging case studies?

This panel will discuss the fundamental cooperation of an Airport and its region to successfully grow passenger throughput, and to ensuring the success of both new and existing routes. This short discussion will highlight the basic principles behind a joint approach, how partnerships can be developed, which stakeholders need to be engaged, and outline best practice approaches and examples from around the world.

Moderator 
Jonny Ford, Aviation Development Editor, James Pearson 
Panel 
Mark Souter, Head of Aviation Development, London Stansted Airport, London Stansted Airport 
Lionel Flasseur, General Director, Auvergne Rhone-Alpes Tourism 
Buddy Anslinger, Director, Ricondo & Associates, Inc. 
Gerald Ong, Aviation Marketing Director, Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Int. Airport 
10:30 - 11:00 

Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:30  Session

Regional Focus: Analysing the opportunities and threats for the African market

Africa represents 2% of the world traffic, yet its potential is huge. So what opportunities and challenges are facing the African market? Whilst Ethiopian is taking the world by storm, many African airlines are struggling to grow their own market: What is their viability and how is this impacting the industry? How can manufacturers address the challenge of making long range city pairs in Africa sustainable? 

  • What strategies are in place for the development of airports/airlines within the region?
  • According to panelists, what is the best opportunity in Africa (geographical, political, economical point of view)?
  • How do our panelists see business development between the Middle East and Africa?
Moderator 
Jean-François Guitard, Director International Development, Nice Cote D’Azur Airport - NAMA 
Panel 
Ahmed Coulibaly, Director of Air Transport, Cote d’Ivoire Civil Aviation Authority 
Salima El Mghazli, Head of Distribution & Airlines Partnerships Department, Moroccan National Tourist Office (MNTO) 
Speaker to be announced 
12:30 - 14:00 

Networking Lunch

14:00 

Networking Continues

15:30 - 16:00 

Coffee Break

16:00 

Networking Continues

18:00 

End of Day