CAPA's World Aviation Summit in Berlin, 27/28-Nov-2018
CAPA – Centre for Aviation has established a major new partnership with Berlin Airports, which will host the annual CAPA World Aviation Summit and Awards for Excellence on 27/28-Nov-2018 in Berlin.
The Summit will provide an aviation market outlook for the Europe, Asia, Middle East and Americas regions and review the commercial and operational pillars that will drive airline strategic decision-making in 2019.
To introduce proceedings, CAPA will provide an in-depth, big picture overview of the global aviation outlook. This will be followed by presentations on the global macroeconomic, travel and geopolitical environment and interactive panel discussions and debates on industry specific issues such as:
- The growth and sustainability of low cost long haul airlines, including the establishment of low cost brands by full service carriers and the role of new long range narrowbodies in driving market expansion
- Navigating through changing operating and regulatory conditions in a post Brexit world
- Partnerships, alliances and JVs
- The transformation of airlines into global retailers
- Leveraging data, AI and new technologies for greater customer engagement (and revenues)
- Understanding the impact and role of new disruptive players in the distribution ecosystem
The Summit complements CAPA’s existing suite of global aviation events and is expected to attract more than 250 senior level executives and decision makers from full service and low cost carriers, airports and industry suppliers.
CAPA Global Aviation Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner
The Summit will also feature the global edition of the CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner, awards which have recognised strategic leadership in the aviation industry since 2002.
Regarded as the pre-eminent awards ceremony for strategic aviation excellence, the CAPA Aviation Awards are intended to reward airlines, airports and individuals that are not only successful but have also provided industry strategic leadership in an always changing environment. The awards are not driven by customer surveys or sponsorship and are researched by an independent panel of judges. Award categories include CAPA Airline of the Year, CAPA LCC of the Year and CAPA Airport of the Year.
Carsten Spohr, Deutsche Lufthansa AG Chairman and CEO to deliver keynote address
In his first CAPA appearance, Deutsche Lufthansa AG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Carsten Spohr, will deliver the summit’s keynote, focusing on the growth and direction of Europe’s largest airline group and its strategic response to labour unrest and growing competition from LCCs.
Amid tough operating conditions Lufthansa Group, which operates multiple airlines across many market segments and national geographies, has managed to deliver record profits and passenger numbers in 2017. But its outlook for 2018, which predicts a slightly lower result, highlights that change is a constant in the airline industry.
While the Lufthansa Group has strong brand penetration and extensive networking coverage across Europe and Asia through either its own brands or JVs, its unit costs are among the highest in Europe, leaving it vulnerable to softening demand and LCC competition.
CAPA: German market robust despite airline exit
Peter Harbison, CAPA Executive Chairman, said: “We are delighted to be bringing the next edition of the CAPA World Aviation Summit to Germany, Europe’s second largest aviation market. Berlin in particular has witnessed some dynamic changes over the past year, with the exit of airberlin, various acquisitions and subsequent expansion of easyJet in the city. Indeed, the German market continues to show remarkable resilience and growth in 2018, driven by LCCs who have increased their share of both domestic and international seats.
“We look forward to welcoming a diverse array of airline leaders to the Summit to discuss not only the German aviation market but also the key strategic challenges they face in the year ahead.”
Berlin Airports' CEO welcomes global airline CEOs
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, Chief Executive Officer of Berlin Airports said: “We are delighted that the CAPA World Aviation Summit will take place in Berlin in November and that this will emphasise the importance of the airport region Berlin Brandenburg worldwide.
"In selecting Berlin as the venue, CAPA has chosen a thriving city, where air traffic is experiencing dynamic growth – and therein lies one of the central challenges faced by almost all metropolitan airports in the world.”
About CAPA - Centre for Aviation:
CAPA runs C-level aviation and corporate travel summits in key markets around the world, bringing together the leading stakeholders of the global commercial aviation industry.
CAPA has become a highly influential aviation group, with its events platforms helping the aviation sector and leading supplier businesses to stay informed and remain closely connected to industry leaders, driving change and supporting industry evolution.
CAPA attracts the world’s leading airline and industry executive level speakers and attendees at each of its global events held in key aviation markets around the world, reaching more than 350,000 unique website visitors each month.
Understanding aviation markets is our great strength and our passion. Providing our CAPA Members, clients and partners with an unparalleled level of expertise and insight is our business.