CAPA set to soar in Middle East and Africa in 2019 – vital Summit announced in Dubai, April 2019

Press Release

CAPA – Centre for Aviation, the world’s most trusted source of market intelligence for the aviation and travel industry, is set to expand its reach of regional events around the world to the Middle East and Africa. The CAPA Middle East & Africa Aviation Summit, is set to be held on 29-30 April 2019, and will examine commercial and operational issues affecting airlines and airports in both developed and emerging markets.

The Summit will challenge leaders of the Middle East and African aviation industries to reflect on what is needed to drive it forward, using examples of innovation in outside markets as a benchmark to follow.

CAPA Chairman Emeritus Peter Harbison said: “It is important and timely that CAPA bring our brand of informative and educational summits to the Middle East and Africa. Both regions are going through important change and development, and like all our events, we will seek to tap into these changes and address the key issues impacting the regions.”

The Summit will begin with regional spotlights determining the issues impacting each location and opportunities to improve growth. Complementing this will be a mix of aviation, macroeconomic, travel and geopolitical topics across a range of keynotes and interactive panel discussions.

Why is this summit so important?

Like their peers elsewhere, carriers in the Middle East face ongoing challenges to their business models. Competition from ambitious new entrants such as the Chinese carriers are threatening the big three Gulf carriers’ position as the chief global superconnectors, who are themselves recalibrating their market positioning. The region’s airlines also have to contend with challenges unique to the Middle East, such as fluctuating oil revenues, regional conflict and overcrowded airspace, not to mention ongoing regulatory challenges.

Further west, Africa faces its own protectionist hurdles. Impotent government transport strategies and an unwavering commitment to propping up failing carriers continues to limit the region’s aviation success. Local airlines are faced with high operating costs arising from government imposed taxes on aviation fuel and monopoly airport fees, while poor management practices and government restrictions on operational freedoms have severely impaired the natural progression of the industry.

While the 2018 launch of the Single Africa Air Transport Market (SAATM) represents progress, perhaps the greatest optimism attaches to some very persistent attempts to expand LCC operations in the region.

With aviation in a highly dynamic state, the CAPA Middle East & Africa Aviation Summit will seek to tap into these changes and address the key issues impacting the region. The Summit is being held alongside Airport Show, which takes place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from 29 April – 1 May 2019. Both events are held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airlines and Group.

Already confirmed speakers include:

Delegate passes and sponsorship slots are now available

To avoid disappointment, attendees are advised to register as soon as possible before delegate passes sell out. Early Bird tickets are available but only for a short time, while special rates are on offer for group bookings. Limited complimentary passes are for full time direct employees of scheduled airlines and media representatives. Sponsorship and exhibition slots are also selling quickly and interested suppliers should contact CAPA to discuss available packages. For more information visit https://meaas19.capaevents.com


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Daniella Baxter
Head of Marketing
CAPA – Centre for Aviation
P: +61 2 9241 3200

About CAPA - Centre for Aviation

CAPA - Centre for Aviation (CAPA) is the leading provider of independent aviation market intelligence, news, 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 summits are held in key aviation markets around the world, attracting 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 CAPA Membership and CAPA Events, please visit centreforaviation.com. CAPA is part of Aviation Week Network, a division of Informa PLC, and is the largest multimedia information and services provider for the global aviation, aerospace, and defense industries, serving 1.7 million professionals around the world.

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