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.

Jonathan Ford, Aviation Development Editor, 
Mark Souter, Head of Aviation Development, London Stansted Airport 
Lionel Flasseur, General Director, Auvergne Rhone-Alpes Tourism 
Mark Povall, Senior Business Development Director, KPI Aviation Marketing Solutions 
Speaker to be announced 
10:30 - 11:00 

Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:30  Keynote

Presenting Dubai World Central Airport

Get an insight into the newly expanded Dubai World Central Airport, which is due to see a 700% traffic spike in May due to maintenance at DXB. We will discuss capacity, recent growth strategy and the SRR programme, soon to be underway.

Nathalie Jongma, Head - Aviation Business Management, Dubai Airports 
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?
Jean-François Guitard, Director International Development, Nice Cote D’Azur Airport - NAMA 
Ahmed Coulibaly, Director of Air Transport, Cote d’Ivoire Civil Aviation Authority 
Salima El Mghazli, Head of Distribution and Airlines Partnerships Department, Moroccan National Tourist Office 
Henock Woubishet, Manager Network Planning & Business Development, Ethiopian Airlines 
12:30 - 14:00 

Networking Lunch


Networking Continues

15:30 - 16:00 

Coffee Break


Networking Continues


End of Day