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ACTE and CAPA to combine global events in Amsterdam for 2016, announce Australasia cooperation


The Association of Corporate Travel Executives and CAPA - Centre for Aviation today announced they would be jointly convening two international events next year. ACTE’s annual Global Travel Conference (Europe) and CAPA’s World Aviation Summit will be held under one roof, in Amsterdam, on 26-28 October 2016. According to Greeley Koch, ACTE’s executive director, combining these events brings together two international groups with parallel interests, while shrinking the calendar for buyers and suppliers.

“This is an opportunity to provide our members with unparalleled access to the strategic intelligence, research, and data of CAPA, complete with a comprehensive educational programme the global travel community has come to expect from ACTE,” said Mr Koch. “It’s all about providing membership value. In one move, ACTE and CAPA are maximizing membership exposure to industry insight, while shrinking the annual calendar. It’s another way we are working to bring buyers and suppliers together on a global scale.”

Las Vegas announced as 2016 Host City for the CAPA Americas Aviation Summit


LAS VEGAS, 08 September 2015 – Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and McCarran International Airport will host the second annual CAPA Americas Aviation Summit on 11/12 April 2016 at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. The event, which attracts airline and travel industry CEOs from across the Americas region, Asia and EMEA, is a key forum for high-level debate and discussion of the strategic issues facing the region’s aviation industry.

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Senior Vice President of Marketing, Cathy Tull, said Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and McCarran International Airport and industry believed the summit would be strategically important to Las Vegas, bringing the heads of some of the world’s largest and fastest growing carriers to the destination.

“Las Vegas is honored to once again host the CAPA Americas Aviation Summit. As the entertainment and convention capital of the world and an emerging international business center, Las Vegas offers a truly unique experience to the world’s aviation leaders.  From our $2.4 billion state-of-the-art international Terminal 3 to our ability to continually reinvent Las Vegas as an international tourism destination, Las Vegas is the perfect stage for industry leaders to connect and gain key insight into what the future of travel and tourism holds," said Ms Tull.

Nominations open for CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence 2015


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 opens up limited number of free passes for airline delegates for 2H2015 Summits


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 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 reaches host agreement with Airports of Thailand for LCC Airports Congress in Bangkok


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.  

India Air Traffic Management. Unique CAPA report: the ATM system and AAI's plans for integration


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.

CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit 2015, Sydney, 3-5 Aug: corporate aviation, airports, airlines


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.

CAPA Americas Aviation Summit, Las Vegas: A high level Gulf-US airline debate - video


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:

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