Welcome Letter from ACI EUROPE

Dear Delegates,

The calendar for 2018 is already filling up and we want to make sure that the 11th ACI EUROPE Regional Airports’ Conference and Exhibition is on your radar. This year’s event will take place in Naples, Italy, hosted by Naples Airport, from 14 to 16 May 2018. The conference programme aims to focus on the strategic pillars of dynamic regional development.

Since 2008, the annual ACI EUROPE Regional Airports’ Conference and Exhibition has established itself as the gathering for airport CEOs looking beyond airline marketing, to consider wider questions of vision and strategy, the pursuit of fresh thinking, through knowledge exchange with their peers. The event will also welcome the 27th meeting of our Regional Airports’ Forum, a most active group created in 2006.

The economic role and societal value of regional airports is evident, at a glance of the key figures. Since 1993, traffic at regional airports has increased by 173%, with 209 carriers currently serving 14,600 routes and 724 destinations. Since 2005, direct connectivity has risen by 39.1% (19.7% at hub airports), with the highest increase for large regional airports (over 5mppa) with 87%, but also smaller ones: 46.6% for 3-5mppa and 41.7% for 1-3mppa. Total employment created by regional airports (direct, indirect and induced) is 1.9 million, contributing €84.5 billion to the European GDP.

However, Europe’s regional airports face a wide landscape of challenges: efficient asset utilisation; increasing commercial revenues, negotiating with powerful airlines and alliances; partnering locally and beyond to promote the destination; dealing with aviation taxes, as well as European legislation.

We will endeavour to focus on these challenges in our upcoming conference programme and have included a few enhancements that we hope you will find interesting – such as a special route marketing and development session, several industry briefings (update on aviation security, low cost including long-haul; human capital and trends in airport retail), an exclusive 360° view of the State of the Industry, a panorama of the Italian aviation scene, as well as compelling working sessions on digitalisation, CRS and sustainability and the impact of remote technologies.

The 2018 ACI EUROPE Regional Airports’ Conference & Exhibition aims to help you address these questions and many others, to empower your strategy for business development at your airport. It is your opportunity to learn from a diverse mix of airport competitors, at a conference specifically tailored to the needs of Europe’s regional airports, by your Regional Airports’ Forum.

Our host Naples Airport will of course offer a superlative networking programme in one of the most beautiful settings in Europe, making it a unique and memorable event for all participants. You will not want to miss the welcome reception in the Caruso roof garden of Grand Hotel Vesuvio and the gala dinner at Museo Capodimonte.

We look forward to seeing you in Naples in May.

Olivier Jankovec
Director General, ACI EUROPE