European Aviation Symposium

Top speakers fly in for new fvw conference

Christoph Debus (Thomas Cook Airlines) is a top speaker at the aviation symposium.
Thomas Cook
Christoph Debus (Thomas Cook Airlines) is a top speaker at the aviation symposium.

International airline executives and aviation experts will be among the big-name speakers at the inaugural European Aviation Symposium at Munich Airport in January, discussing hot topics such as capacity limits, regulation and the impact of Brexit on the European air travel market.

Among the confirmed speakers at the two-day event are Christoph Debus (CEO, Thomas Cook Airlines), Peter Baumgartner (Senior Strategic Advisor, Etihad Airways), Balint Gyemant (CEO, Invia Flights Germany), Olivier Jankovec (Director General, ACI Europe), Michael Kerkloh (CEO Munich Airport), Pablo Mendes de Leon (Director, Institute for Air and Space Law, Leiden), Nicola Simionato (General Manager Business Development Travel, Google), Monika Wiederhold (General Manager, Amadeus Germany) and Andreas Bierwirth (CEO, T-Mobile Austria).

The European Aviation Symposium is a new event for airlines, airports and other aviation industry players organised by fvw, the Travel Industry Club and consultants Prologis, focusing on opportunities and challenges in the international aviation business. Executives, managers, industry experts and political representatives will be among some 200 expected participants at the two-day event at the Hilton Hotel Munich Airport on January 29-30.

On day one, the symposium addresses the strategic challenges facing the aviation value chain and regulators, from the effects of Brexit and airline consolidation to the need for increased capacity on the ground and improved air traffic management. Taking place only a few months before the 2019 European parliament election and the subsequent appointment of new EU commissioners, the symposium is perfectly timed to highlight the dependence of national markets and market players in Europe on a strong, realistic and effective European aviation policy.

The day finishes off with several round tables in which further EU topics will be discussed more intensively in small groups.

The second day program focuses on the market players’ operational and commercial responses and discusses latest network strategies, emerging competitors for the tourism market as well as challenges that come with disruptive technologies and new distribution channels. Some of the key issues to be debated are how NDC/ONE Order are already changing the markets, whether Amazon and Google are role models, partners or competition for airlines, and whether limitations and challenges are results of labour shortage or digitalisation.

Given the complexity of the issues at hand, it will not only address the most critical concerns in European aviation but also and more importantly provide a platform for an in-depth exchange of ideas, concepts and visions for the industry within dedicated round tables and work groups.