CAPA’s Airline Leader Summit in Budapest set to bring together more airline CEOs than ever

Press Release

CAPA – Centre for Aviation (CAPA), the world’s most trusted source of aviation market intelligence and a part of the Aviation Week Network, announces that the CAPA Airline Leader Summit series returns in 2023 with the ‘Airlines in Transition’ event.

The lead event in CAPA’s 2023 global summit series, to be held on 16-17 March in Budapest, Hungary, will examine the most important aspects of the global aviation market as air travel exits the pandemic era and moves towards full recovery. ­­

The two-day summit will gather CEOs and other executives from hundreds of airlines, airports, and key industry suppliers from across the globe. CAPA’s marque event, the Airline Leader Summit provides a unique opportunity to gain high level strategic insight and in-depth understanding of global aviation, as well as unique and valuable networking opportunities.

The focus for the 2023 edition of the summit will be the key changes and ongoing challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the industry, as well as examining the competitive responses and adaptations to new market realities.

CAPA’s industry experts, along with global aviation leaders, will provide insights and perspectives on the transition into the post-COVID period.

Speakers include CEOs from major network airlines, LCCs and airports, along with industry executives across finance, operations/strategy, information technology and sustainability.

Through keynote presentations, panels, Q&A sessions and interviews, the summit will explore a range of important topics:

  • How COVID-19 has changed the operational situation for airlines, airports and travel suppliers;
  • Aviation sustainability strategies and the process of decarbonization;
  • The immediate economic outlook and its impacts on the industry recovery;
  • The outlook for the return of international travel to/from China;
  • Disruption, technology and new passenger expectations for the travel process;
  • Recent LCC sector success and post COVID-19 strategies;
  • Key trends for the airport sector, including sustainability and addressing capacity gaps;
  • Business travel structural changes and the segment outlook for 2023.

CAPA’s Airline Leader Summit also provides a unique platform for networking and knowledge-sharing with hundreds of aviation and travel professionals.

More than 15 airline CEOs and presidents, along with dozens of other C-level executives from across the spectrum of the air transport sector, are already confirmed to be attending, with more set to come.

Key speakers include:

Budapest Airport Zrt, CEO, Chris Dinsdlae, stated: “On behalf of the entire team at Budapest Airport, we are delighted to be hosting this CAPA Summit, in a place which we are lucky to call our home market. We are confident that all delegates will be able to enjoy fruitful discussions, great networking opportunities, and above all take away some positive memories about this city, often voted as the best short break destination in the world”.

Agenda topics in detail:

CAPA’s outlook & state of the industry: A keynote presentation taking data from CAPA’s experts to provide a clear picture of where the air travel industry is today, and where it is headed for 2023 and further out.

CAPA airlines leaders think tank: C-level leaders from airlines and aviation bodies will explore current issues facing the airline industry, provide insights on leadership in aviation, and look at future opportunities across the aviation ecosystem.

Airlines in transition: This session will feature a panel of airline CEOs, finance and strategy leaders discussing the new realities they are dealing with in the transition out of the COVID-19 response period.

Sustainability masterclass: Sustainability leaders from airlines will examine the industry’s progress towards its sustainability objectives, as well as the steps they are making to support this journey.

China recovery prospects: Chinese, Asian and global airline executives will examine the prospects ahead as China reopens to international travel.

Distribution, technology & disruption: Technology has been a solution to, and cause of, disruptive changes to the entire travel process. Airline digital leaders will discuss their technology strategies, how they respond to opportunities and how to manage the rapid pace of change.

LCCs and the post-COVID opportunity: LCC and ULCC leaders will discuss the outlooks for their airlines following the changes wrought on the industry by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Airport leaders panel: Operational and finance executives from airlines across the globe will discuss the prospects for rebuilding their networks, improving partnerships, resolving labour shortages and other issues.

Business travel and the new equilibrium: COVID-19 produced a change in the way that companies operate and spend money on travel. Global travel leaders will discuss the ongoing process of recovery in the segment, along with how the nature of business travel has changed in a few short years.

For more information or to register visit the CAPA Airline Leader Summit 2023 - Airlines in Transition registration website.


About CAPA – Centre for Aviation

CAPA - Centre for Aviation (CAPA), part of Aviation Week Network, is the leading provider of independent aviation market intelligence, analysis and data services covering worldwide developments.

Established in 1990, CAPA’s platforms help the aviation sector and supplier businesses stay informed, remain connected to industry leaders and fuel inspiration to drive change. CAPA’s global C-level and corporate travel in-person and virtual Summits and Masterclasses attract executive level speakers, attendees and leading stakeholders of the global commercial aviation industry.

Understanding aviation markets is our great strength and passion, along with providing CAPA members, clients and partners with an unparalleled level of expertise and insight.

For more information and details on membership and events, please visit centreforaviation.com.

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