Ireland’s Minister of Transport, Leo Varadkar, to open CAPA Airlines in Transition Summit


CAPA, and summit host, Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), are pleased to announce this year's Airlines in Transition Summit on 10-11 April in County Wicklow, south of Dublin, will be opened by Ireland's Minister of Transport, Leo Varadkar.

"Ireland has a pivotal role in the history of international aviation and continues to punch above its weight in the sector," said DAA Chief Executive Kevin Toland. "In that context, we are delighted to again welcome airline executives from across the globe to Dublin and Wicklow for the 2014 Airlines in Transition Summit".

Now in its third year, Airlines in Transition has developed as the leading forum for high level discussion of the key transformational issues confronting the worldwide commercial aviation industry. Attracting CEOs from a wide variety of airlines of all business models, the summit, over two days, will explore new ways of looking at national ownership controls and the right of establishment, as well as the global alliances, new JV models, so-called 'egocentric partnerships' and virtual airlines - as carriers search for durable models for the future.

  • The Airlines in Transition Summit will take place on 10-11 April in County Wicklow, Ireland, and will be opened by Ireland's Minister of Transport, Leo Varadkar.
  • The summit is a leading forum for high-level discussions on key transformational issues in the global aviation industry.
  • Topics to be explored include national ownership controls, global alliances, hybridization of airline brands, connectivity between low-cost carriers and full-service carriers, loyalty programs, and potential future shocks to the industry.
  • The summit will feature a roundtable dinner with airline CEOs and experts debating whether governments are keeping up with aviation's public interest issues.
  • Confirmed speakers include CEOs from Adria Airways, Aer Lingus, Air Baltic, AirAsia, CityJet, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Regional, Garuda Indonesia, International Airlines Group, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Ryanair, Vueling, and more.
  • For more information about the summit, visit the event website.

Other key sessions include Hybridisation and the operation of dual (and increasingly multiple) airline brands, as well as connectivity between LCCs and full service carriers both technologically and over airports. The agenda also covers the growing role of loyalty programmes/FFPs and understanding their data opportunities, and the Summit will close with a session exploring the possible source of future 'shocks' for the industry.

The highly anticipated Airlines in Transition Roundtable Dinner - hosted by CNN's Richard Quest - will feature an entertaining but thought-provoking panel of airline CEOs and experts to debate: "Are governments keeping up with aviation's public interest issues?"

Confirmed speakers at this year's Summit include:
Mark Anžur, CEO, Adria Airways;
Christoph Mueller, CEO, Aer Lingus;
Atanas Christov, Founder and CEO, Affinia Volo Inc;
Martin Gauss, CEO, Air Baltic;
Conor McCarthy, Co-Founder, AirAsia;
Olivier Jankovec, Director General, ACI Europe;
Nawal Taneja, Business Author and Airline Strategist;

Christine Ourmieres, CEO, CityJet;
Eric Venter, CEO, Comair;
Andrew Pyne, Senior Partner, Concuros Partners;
Kevin Toland, CEO, Dublin Airport Authority;
Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO, Ethiopian Airlines;
Maurizio Merlo, CEO, Etihad Regional;
Matthew Baldwin, Director Air Transport, European Commission;
Raja Azmi, CEO, flynas;
Emirsyah Satar, CEO, Garuda Indonesia;
Giorgio De Roni, CEO, GoAir;
Willie Walsh, CEO, International Airlines Group;
Peter Oncken, CEO, InterSky;
Michael Cawley, Deputy Chief Executive & Chief Operating Officer, Ryanair;
Bjorn Kise, Chairman and Founder, Norwegian Air Shuttle;
Chris Kroeger, Senior VP, Sabre Travel Network;
Giulio De Metrio, Deputy Chief Executive & Chief Operating Officer, SEA;
Jim Peters, CTO, SITA;
Gareth Williams, Co-founder and CEO, Skyscanner;
Alex Cruz, CEO, Vueling;
And more…

For more information about Airlines in Transition, please visit the event website.

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