Welcome Letter from ACI EUROPE

I am very pleased that the 12th edition of this conference and exhibition will be organized in Krakow, Poland – hosted by Krakow Airport, from 20 to 22 May 2019 and preceded by the 29thmeeting of our Regional Airports Forum.

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.

This year’s conference carries the theme “Regional airports facing the challenges of seasonality –  threats and opportunities” and the programme will focus on the numerous challenges that regional airports face when dealing with uneven traffic distribution over the year and a high volatility in growth patterns. We will explore how regional airports can best involve their regional and local communities in their seasonal traffic variations, towards the concept of airport villages. The importance of reliable KPIs to manage traffic peaks will be debated, as well as air navigation, A-CDM and other solutions for better performance management. Very importantly, a session will be devoted to sustainability and look at the various solutions towards greener airports, such as remote towers, automated cars and sweepers, electrical flights and better slot coordination. Finally, we will close with a session focused on how to get the most out of increased passenger traffic thanks to online services and products – such as self-connecting, developing transfer passenger procedures, automatic bag drop, and passenger loyalty programmes. The conference programme will also feature three special presentations: 1) Brexit implications on regional airports, 2) landside security at regional airports, and 3) managing your social media impact during traffic peaks.

The 2019 ACI EUROPE Regional Airports’ Conference & Exhibition will endeavour to help you address these questions and many others, to empower the strategy for business development at your airport. It is your opportunity to learn from a diverse mix of airport stakeholders, at a conference specifically tailored to the needs of Europe’s regional airports, designed by your Regional Airports’ Forum.

Our host Krakow Airport will prepare an outstanding social programme to introduce delegates to Poland’s sense of hospitality, with a networking reception on the Vistula river, and a splendid gala dinner at the Polish archeological museum. Krakow is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland – its official capital until 1596 – and traditionally one of the leading centres of Polish academic, economic, cultural and artistic life. Cited as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, its Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I look forward to meeting you at the event.

Olivier Jankovec,
Director General, ACI EUROPE