CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation, Corporate Travel Summit & Regional Aviation Symposium

Sydney, Australia
7-8 Dec 2021

CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit &
CTC Corporate Travel Community Agenda
Day 1, 7 December 2021

Registration & Networking

Welcome and Introduction: Global Wrap of the aviation and tourism situation

CAPA- Centre for Aviation, Managing Director, Derek Sadubin 

Q&A with the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development

Department of Infrastructure, Assistant Secretary of International Aviation, Jim Wolfe


CAPA’s review and preview: Pandemic performance and sustainable future?

As we peer out from our gilded cage, there have been phases of the pandemic when it has felt as though Australia is either tracking behind or ahead of ‘where we should be’ relative to our key trading partners. This is both in terms of controlling the spread of the virus and the level of aviation activity we’re seeing.

  • What is the data showing in terms of the macro environment, and Australia’s recovery across key domestic and international metrics?
  • How does Australia’s aviation performance through the pandemic stack up regionally and globally?
  • Airlines have become chronically indebted through the crisis and the muted outlook for the crucial international business travel segment means more pain is ahead. What does this mean for airlines, in terms of their ability to invest in the future – which airlines will survive the next year and which won’t?
  • For the longer term, as carbon neutrality and aviation comes into sharper focus, is Australia ready and what are the long-term (and long-haul) implications for Australia? 

CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Chairman Emeritus, Peter Harbison [Download Presentation]


CEO Keynote and Interview with Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce

Qantas Airways, Group CEO, Alan Joyce 

CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Chairman Emeritus, Peter Harbison

Leaders’ Forum - Australia has re-opened: So, what’s working – and what still needs to be resolved to spur the international recover

Five weeks into the reopening of the international border, our panel of experts will review the early experience of Australia’s re-entry in the global travel market and we ask, ‘what will the next six-to-12 months bring in terms of the recovery? 

  • Firstly, the pandemic outlook – what can we expect in terms of global cases, vaccines and variants? 
  • Which inbound travel groups could be first, eg students, skilled labour, VFR, emergency business travel, what volumes and when? 
  • What is the timeframe for restoring the rest of visitor economy, getting travel and tourism up and running and back to pre-pandemic levels? 
  • What tweaks are needed to the re-opening plan to ensure reopening protocols are interoperable with other national systems?  

Australian Capital Territory Government, Chief Minister, Minister for Tourism, Andrew Barr MLA 

Federal Government, Federal Member for Wentworth, Dave Sharma MP

Tourism Australia, Managing Director, Phillipa Harrison

University of NSW, Professor Epidemiology, Mary-Louise McLaws 

CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Chairman Emeritus, Peter Harbison

Tourism & Transport Forum, CEO, Margy Osmond 

Coffee Break & Networking
Diving into the details of our ‘brave new world’ of international passenger
travel and freight markets
  • What ongoing role do governments play in restoring travel, by helping to drive confidence in the system?     
  • What does 2022 look like in terms of travel corridors and quarantine?     
  • What changes are coming for international processing and what are the costs?     
  • Will freight markets continue to be supported through federal programmes?

Australian Airports Association, Chief Executive, James Goodwin

BARA, Executive Director, Barry Abrams

Australian Border Force, Assistant Commissioner East & Port Operations, Erin Dale

L.E.K Consulting, Principal, Ian Kershaw

CEO keynote by Hawaiian President & CEO Peter Ingram
 Peter Ingram is the President and Chief Executive Officer for both Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., and its parent company, Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. Ingram joined Hawaiian as Chief Financial Officer in November 2005 and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer from November 2011 through February 2018. 

Hawaiian Airlines, President and CEO, Peter Ingram [Download Presentation] 

Your essential checklist for a successful return to travel

As corporates look to begin travelling again, domestically and internally, in this session, we provide a toolkit for success that encompasses the wellbeing of travellers and financial/risk needs of your business in a changed environment:

  • ‘Fitness for travel’ – how to develop and implement a complete travel risk assessment framework.
  • Insurance & duty of care – what coverage and contingencies do you need and for which countries.
  • Ramping up from manual to automation – ensuring you have the systems you need as travel volumes rebuild. 

ANZ, Global Category Manager - Travel, Expense and Events, Matt Holmes

International SOS, Travel & Partnerships Director, Ian Allsop [Download Presentation]

International SOS, Medical Director, OH, Dr. Jane Muir

Navigating the post-pandemic travel landscape

How ‘travel ready’ are your people and your business? People are excited to get back on a plane and looking forward to meeting colleagues and clients face-to-face. The traveller journey however, is more complex than it was pre-COVID. Companies with a mobile workforce have new standards to meet for traveller duty of care and a different set of criteria to address when it comes to risk management. As travel providers, TMCs play a vital role in ‘uncomplicating’ the travel experience for customers and helping companies to understand where and how travel programs need to evolve to accommodate the new normal. Pushing the post-pandemic approach to travel program management is also a new way of working, new tech and a fresh mindset to be more responsible.

FCM Travel, Head of Account Management, Renos Rologas [Download Presentation]

13:00 Lunch Break & Networking
CEO Interview with Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson
Scoot, CEO, Campbell Wilson
Asian aviation: Perspectives on the recovery in 2022

Asia was the first and worst affected markets globally in the pandemic - and will likely be the last to recover, as governments take a cautious approach. Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand have all revealed their approach to removing restrictions, but it has been one step forward and one step backward. 

Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA), Director General, Subhas Menon

Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Director Communications & External Affairs, Paul Pruangkern

Expedia Group, Vice President Global Air Account Management, James Marshall

Travelport, Head of APAC, Sue Carter

South Pacific Aviation & Tourism in
Focus: Practical solutions to reboot the
region’s aviation and travel industry
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed enormous economic and health strains on South Pacific nations. Connectivity has collapsed and with it the lifeblood of many island economies, inbound tourism. Now 18 months into the crisis, and with no immediate end in sight. 

Air Rarotonga, MD, Ewan Smith

Air Tahiti Nui, CEO,Michel Monvoisin

Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA), Director General, George Faktaufon

The World Tourism Association for Culture & Heritage (WTACH), Founder & Executive Chairman, Chris Flynn

Corporate Travel Innovation World:
The role of technology in the future of corporate travel
We welcome industry experts who will provide their thoughts on the industry and share knowledge on managing corporate programmes in the current environment. In this session, we pay special attention to the technology assisting travel managers drive process improvements and efficiency.  

CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Global Content & Marketing Director, Marco Navarria

Serko, SVP APAC Market, Murray Warner

NARTA International, Head of Procurement, Jen Barclay

 American Express, Head of Global Insights and Advisory - Asia Pacific, Jonathan Webster

 American Express, Director for Virtual Cross Border and Supply Payments Products, Neena Black


Becoming a “Green Travel Manager”

As the pandemic creates a chance for travel programmes to reset, travel managers will increasingly be tasked to manage a ‘carbon budget’, as well as a travel budget. We investigate what a ‘successful travel programme’ looks like – and how it is rapidly evolving to adopt sustainable principles at its core.  

Serko, Head of Channel Sales, Dinesh Kumar

CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Senior Advisor, John Thomas

Tasman Environmental Markets (TEM), CEO, Peter Castellas

FCM Travel, Head of Sales, Sue McEvoy

Workshop: Airline Emissions
Benchmarking: Why it matters to
corporate travel buyers and suppliers,
what to do with the data and
understanding the value of the data

The corporate travel community needs reliable, actionable data on emissions to meet their environmental sustainability goals. In turn the business travel community needs to understand what will be the future demands of  buyers.


Envest Global, Executive Director, David Wills [Download Presentation]

15:30 Coffee Break & Networking

CEO interview with Air New Zealand CEO Greg Foran

Greg will focus on:

  • Domestic/regional and international networks/fleets
  • Financial performance/outlook
  • Sustainability and the runway to ‘net zero’
  • Changes to the business travel segment
  • The evolving distribution landscape 

Air New Zealand, CEO, Greg Foran

A primer in Airline & Corporate Travel Sustainability: Benchmarking airlines on the path to net zero
  • The airline industry has committed itself to net-zero by 2050, but what’s the starting point and how will the global aviation and travel meet the challenge of rapidly changing policy, investor, corporate travel and consumer attitudes to climate change?
  • What would a carbon price mean for aviation in this part of the world?
  • Are airlines and airports ready? What are the ingredients – SAF fuels, airframes, engines, data sharing?   

Envest Global, Executive Director, David Wills [Download Presentation]


Major Aviation Announcement

Sydney Seaplanes’ vision to become Australia’s first zero emissions carrier

Sydney Seaplanes is ordering 50 eVTOLs from Eve Air Mobility, part of the Embraer Group, as part of a broader initiative to become Australia’s first zero emissions carrier by electrifying their existing amphibious fleet. The Rose Bay aviation pier was the birth of international aviation in the 1930s with the flying boats and it will now play a part in this exciting new era of zero emission aviation. Hear about Sydney Seaplanes’ plan  is to serve Greater Sydney and fill in gaps in the existing transport

Eve Air Mobility, Asia Pacific Lead, Ryan Both

Sydney Seaplanes, Managing Director, Aaron Shaw



Pre-Dinner Drinks

Networking Gala Dinner