European Aviation Symposium

2019 – to Brexit and beyond

The European Aviation Symposium will take place at the Hilton Hotel at Munich Airport.
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The European Aviation Symposium will take place at the Hilton Hotel at Munich Airport.

Brexit will be the hot topic under discussion by airline bosses and airport managers at the inaugural European Aviation Symposium at the end of January amid continuing uncertainty following the UK Parliament’s overwhelming rejection of the government’s EU exit deal.

How will Brexit impact European airlines and airports? What about airline ownership rules and airport slots after March 29? These will no doubt be top of mind when senior executives, managers and officials from across Europe gather at Munich Airport on January 29-30 for the first European Aviation Symposium.

In a special Brexit session, lawyers Gitta Gehring and Katja Brecke from Arneck Sibeth Dabelstein will update participants on the latest situation. Then Ulrich Johannwille, financial chief of Thomas Cook Airlines, Pablo Mendes de Leon (Institute for Air and Space Law, Leiden), Henk van Klaweren from the British Airports Association (AOA) and Katja Brecke will debate the potential consequences for airlines and airports, under the moderation of Vanessa Haumberger, Vice President Political Affairs for Munich Airport.

Future regulation of the EU aviation market will be discussed by Peter Bellew (COO, Ryanair), Robert Boyle (Director of Strategy, IAG), Rafal Milczarski (CEO, LOT) and Piret Mürk-Dubout (CEO, Tallin Airport) in a top-level panel on the first morning. Other key topics on the first day include the status of European Single Sky implementation, digitalisation, and round tables on issues such as disruptive challenges to the industry and competitive conditions.

Airports will come into the focus on the second morning, with sessions covering issues such as capacity and security. Airline managers will then discuss the role of partnerships for their business, and also the future of sales distribution. In a separate panel, Thomas Haagensen (Easyjet’s Director Global Markets Europe), Oliver Lackmann (CEO, TUIfly) and Oliver Wagner (CCO, Eurowings) will discuss how low-cost carriers are increasingly challenging both established network airlines and also leisure carriers.

Is Google a partner or a competitor? This vital question for the travel industry will be addressed by Nicola Simionato, Google’s General Manager Business Development Travel and a former Alitalia and Gulf Air manager, in a panel discussion with Balint Gyemant, head of Invia Flights (Fluege.de parent company) and Kristjan Jansons, co-founder and CEO of AI application agency Minditan. They will also discuss how technology is changing flight searches and how artificial intelligence will improve processes and personalisation.

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