Latest updates from CAPA HQ
CAPA is pleased to announce that entries are now open for nominations for the 12th annual CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence.
CAPA is introducing a new format for the awards this year as well a new judging process and some new categories. There will be two sets of awards – one for the global industry followed by one for Asia-Pacific. There are eight award categories for each set, including five for airlines or airline executives and three for airports or airport executives.
Winners for the global awards will be announced at a Gala Dinner to be held in Helsinki on 7-Oct-2015 as part of CAPA’s World Aviation Summit. Winners for the Asia-Pacific awards will be announced at a Gala Dinner to be held in Singapore on 23-Nov-2015 as part of CAPA’s Asia Aviation Summit.
CAPA is inviting expressions of interest from airline executives/managers to attend our remaining events in 2015 for their professional and industry development. CAPA has reserved a strictly limited number of passes for airline industry employees and is inviting applications before the end of June 2015. To register your interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, title and airline company, as well a short paragraph on the reasons why you wish to attend.
CAPA's events attract some 150+ airline CEOs and over 2,500 senior industry executives and address the foundational issues facing the sector. We recently announced our second-half 2015 Events schedule:
CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, Sydney, 3-5 August - Our third annual Australia Pacific Aviation Summit will again feature CEOs from the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands airlines and airports, as well as those carriers and airports with a key interest in aviation 'down under', including the Middle East, Asia and North America. Featuring a Corporate Travel Innovation Summit and Airport Innovation Summit, this is THE aviation strategy summit for the region. [visit event website]
CAPA is delighted to announce a host partnership with Airports of Thailand (AOT) for the landmark first annual LCC Airports Congress, in Bangkok on 15 September 2015. LCCs have had a vital role to play in the development of travel and tourism across the Asia Pacific region over the past decade. Airports, governments and key industry stakeholders are showing an increasing understanding the distinct needs and challenges of the LCC sector. This first annual LCC Airports Congress aims to further this understanding and drive our industry forward.
LCCs now account for more than one in four airline seats worldwide, whereas within Southeast Asia close to three in every five seats are now produced by LCCs. Low cost carriers (LCCs) now account for some 36% of air capacity in Bangkok, according to the latest figures from the AOT.
The most comprehensive (170 page) report ever produced on India's ATM system reviews the structure, governance and operation of Air Navigation Services in India. The global vision and plans set down by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for the global Air Traffic Management system are also described and considered in their context for India’s air navigation services provider (ANSP), the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
India is the ninth largest aviation market in the world by annual seat capacity and CAPA projects it will be the third largest aviation market in the world by 2025. Today, approximately 80 Indian airports handle scheduled services, operated by nine domestic airlines, with a combined fleet of some 400 aircraft.
Advances in ATM procedures and technology are enabling greater growth. Much of this is down to the AAI, which has a dual role, as both the air navigation services provider and as the operator of 125 airports across India. A major institutional change in structure is planned, with the possible corporatisation of the ANS division of the AAI before the end of FY2016.
More than 70 foreign passenger and cargo airline operators also serve Indian airports. In FY2015, total passenger traffic at Indian airports surpassed 190 million.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce and Malaysia Airlines’ newly appointed CEO Christoph Mueller will headline the third annual CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit at the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, along with a host of C-level airline, airport and other aviation stakeholders.
This year’s CAPA Summit, on 3-5 August, will feature a 2-day high level Aviation Summit (4/5 August) preceded by the Corporate Travel Summit and Airport Innovation summits (3 August).
The key themes of this year’s aviation Summit include C-level responses to the swirling ‘open skies’ debate, the outlook for key markets as fuel prices recede, as well as workforce productivity in aviation.
At CAPA's Americas Aviation Summit held in Las Vegas 27/28 Apr-2015, a distinguished panel, moderated by Mr Kenneth P. Quinn, Senior Aviation partner of Pillsbury Law, discussed at great length the pressing issues around the "White Paper" submitted by three major US airlines to the US government.
The White Paper, promoted by Delta, American and United Airlines, alleges a wide range of subsidy payments have been made to the Gulf airlines by their respective governments, thus breaching the terms of the open skies bilateral agreements between the US and the UAE and Qatar.
This initial report contains a full repeat of the discussions. Those taking part were:
- American Airlines, Senior VP Government Affairs, Will Ris
- Americans for Fair Skies, President, Lee Moak
- Delta Air Lines, Executive VP & Chief Legal Officer, Ben Hirst
- Etihad, General Counsel & Company Secretary, Jim Callaghan
- FedEx Express, Senior VP & General Counsel, Rush O'Keefe
- US Travel Association, President & CEO, Roger Dow
- WTTC, President & CEO, David Scowsill
CAPA will host the largest and most complete public debate on the US-Gulf airlines confrontation, including the major proponents in a moderated discussion over two hours.
The debate, part of CAPA's Americas Aviation Summit in Las Vegas on 27/28 April, will span 2 hours, under the expert guidance of leading US aviation lawyer, Pillsburys' Kenneth P Quinn.
Emirates' President and CEO, Sir Tim Clark, will take part in the debate, along with American's Will Ris, Delta's Ben Hirst, FedEx's Rush O'Keefe, Etihad GC, Jim Callaghan, USTA CEO, Roger Dow, WTTC CEO, David Scowsill and former ALPA President Lee Moak, now President of Americans for Fair Skies.
American and Delta, along with United, have launched a major broadside at the Gulf airlines - Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways - alleging they are unfairly subsidised and seeking restrictions on open skies access. Not all US airlines support the attacks. FedEx, a major beneficiary of the US' open skies policies and the world's largest airline, opposes inroads into the policy. Emirates and Etihad likewise refute the allegations and US and world tourism bodies support the value of the Gulf airlines in improving consumer and business access.
CAPA is pleased to announce Congresswoman Dina Titus, a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, will give a keynote address on Day 1 of the CAPA Americas Aviation Summit in Las Vegas on 27-28 April 2015, introducing a high level panel on US aviation infrastructure.
Tony Fernandes, Founder and CEO of the AirAsia Group, the LCC which transformed Asian aviation - and whose sister company, long haul LCC AirAsia X, has just announced a new service to the US - is also joining the Day 1 line-up to explain the Asia Pacific growth opportunities.
They join a premium speaker list including Sir Tim Clark, President and CEO of Emirates Airline, Willie Walsh, CEO of International Airlines Group, Bill Franke, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Indigo Partners, Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO Ethiopian Airlines, David Scowsill, President, World Travel and Tourism Council, Tim Canoll, ALPA President and many others.