CAPA Global Airport Leaders' Forum

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
16-17 May 2017
08.30 Registration, Networking and Coffee
09.30 Conference Chairperson’s Welcome
09.35 Low cost long haul to short haul connectivity – NextGen facilitation and technology
Hub airports, usually congested, often with 'waves' or banks of flights connecting and the need for complex connectivity infrastructure, are not always welcoming towards LCCs. LCCs typically want low costs, simple facilities and quick turnarounds. But then some LCCs are also reorienting towards connecting operations, as well as wanting more adequate facilities as they increasingly target business travellers. Some are also more keen to be housed within the same terminal as FSCs, to take allow their customers to connect.
In these circumstances, airports are faced with constantly shifting and conflicting airline needs/demands, with an array of airline types, from pure LCC, through hybrid to full service carriers. The sort of issues that constantly arise are for example:
  • Whether dedicated LCC facilities are needed; and
  • How to deal with shifting needs as LCCs seek to connect with FSCs.
  • Airport-airline relationships: Can airlines protect against the goalposts shifting under airport ownership changes?
On a broader level:
  • Is increasing competition at primary airports taking on new meanings?
  • What implications are there for infrastructure investment and facilities conversion?
  • How fast and to what extent will LCCs want greater connectivity, online and interline?
  • How important a feature will this become in competition between airports – and to what extent will regulatory matters intervene?
Much will depend on the profile of airlines currently serving the airport – and what segments the airport is targeting for the future. This panel looks at this complex array of issues from various perspectives.

Moderator: Airbiz
, Managing Director, Greg Fordham
Panel Members:
10.15 Keynote Address: European Commission, Deputy DG MOVE, Matthew Baldwin
10.35 Unshackling the biggest challenge to growth: Airport Capacity There are numerous airports that have capacity issues. Slots are key to the issue, but more slots can be created through ACDM, rapid exit taxiways, more effective use of stand planning and optimisation, time based separation, terminal throughput and turn times, slot management practices, incentivising upgauging, and many other measures. Sometimes the issue is not runway capacity at all, but the constraints are political or related to terminal or aircraft parking infrastructure.
  • What can the congested gateways do to increase capacity and ‘squeeze more juice out of the asset’?
  • What lessons can be learned from the Gulf and other regions?
  • Do airlines need to take the initiative on airport infrastructure? Should airlines build their own airports?
Moderator: Nyras Capital, Partner, David Huttner [Download Presentation]
Panel Members:
  • Airport Coordination Limited, Managing Director, Christopher Bosworth
  • Amadeus, Head of Global Business Development, & Solution Design, Airport IT, Iyad Hindiyeh
  • European Commission, Deputy DG MOVE, Matthew Baldwin
  • GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation, Chief Executive Advisor, Andrew Harrison
  • Royal Schiphol Group, Director Corporate Development, Peter van Grinsven
11.30 Airlink Presentation [Download Presentation]
11.35 Coffee & Networking
Hosted by:

12.05 Keynote Address: Bespoke Capital Markets Products
Macquarie Bank
, Division Director, Head of Cross Divisional Projects, Corporate & Asset Finance, Peter Farthing [Download Presentation]
12.25 What do Brexit, Trump and rising nationalism mean for aviation?
The US has a major problem with ageing infrastructure and it is much broader than just airports. But airports are conspicuous, especially to politicians who use them frequently.
  • Are there lessons to be learned from China’s expansion
  • What is President Trump doing to upgrade Infrastructure and how will it be funded?
  • Can privatisation be the solution?

The departure of the UK from the European Union, which could take place in 2019, opens up a can of worms with regard to the regulatory and economic environment that will follow it and how that will impact on both of the divorced partners and the wider world as well. The discussion – which may be an animated one – will revolve around topics such as traffic rights (what will replace Open Skies?), airline ownership (which can influence which airlines can operate out of UK and European airports and into them, post Brexit), interpretations of international law, and the return of Duty Free sales at airports.

Moderator: CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison
Panel Members:

  • BKH Aviation, Aviation Consultant, Barry Humphreys
  • CCR USA, President & CEO, Amit Rikhy
  • ForwardKeys, Director Airport Development, Ged Brown
  • Nyras Capital, Partner, David Huttner
13.10 Summit Wrap: What have we learned
13.20  Lunch and Conference close
***Special Session (included in the conference package)***
14.30 - 16.00 Designing and operating an Airport City, or Aerotropolis; Case studies on developing airport activity
The discussion will address the evolution and development of the airport city and the 'aerotropolis' examining the various success factors:
  • What role do the public and private sectors typically play?
  • Where do they go from here?
    • Can any airport develop one; or
    • Are they restricted to an elite 'Premier League' where metropolitan size, scope and location are the deciding factors?
  • Does the presence of an airport city become the main driver of passenger and freight growth?
  • If so, should the airport city dominate the airport management's strategic thinking?
  • Are there negative socio-economic impacts, such as the loss of green belt land displacement and exclusion of communities and creation of economic enclaves?
Moderator: Site Selection Magazine, Editor in Chief, Mark Arend
Panel Members:
  • Airbiz, Managing Director, Greg Fordham [Download Presentation]
  • Aviapolis Helsinki, Project Manager, Mari Peltomäki [Download Presentation]
  • GMR Group, CEO, Corporate Airports Sector, PS Nair
  • Imam Khomeini Airport City Company, Director International Cooperation, Ahmadreza Bayati
  • Oman Airports Management Company, Senior Manager Strategic Planning, Nagy Abu Zeid [Download Presentation]
  • Osmond Lange Architects, Managing Director, Jonathan Manning [Download Presentation]
  • WiedemannConsultants, Managing Director, Dr Mirjam Wiedemann [Download Presentation]