VIP Conference Day 1

08:45

CHAIR'S OPENING REMARKS

08:59

BIG PICTURE

Girish Gopal
09:00

What it takes to succeed: Rising African airports

  • Adapting quickly – market demands, trends, and growth indicators
  • Modernising infrastructure, technology, and operations
  • Mastering the concept of improving airport performance
  • Next generation connectivity
  • Address demand for capacity through Greenfield airports
  • Becoming attractive and competitive for international airlines
 
09:20

Development, integration, and growth: Aviation as the driver for Africa

  • The benefits of integrating aviation into the economic national plan
  • Aviation and tourism converge - leveraging the opportunity
  • Passenger and cargo – maximising revenue
  • Using global and local big data and asking the right questions
  • Opportunities, challenges, and trends
 
Panel discussion
09:50

Aviation leadership panel: Putting Africa’s aviation industry on the map

  • The shifting landscape: how to cut the fat, not the muscle
  • Trends: Using digitisation to reduce operating costs
  • Dealing with growing customer expectations while seeking sustainable profitability
  • Long term business strategies – what will unlock growth?
  • Investment, development, infrastructure, and ROI
  • Leadership in turbulent times
  • Partner strategically
 
10:20

SPEED NETWORKING

10:40

MORNING TEA, NETWORKING & EXHIBITION VIEWING

AVIATION

11:18

AIRPORTS

11:19

ROUTE DEVELOPMENT

11:19

AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT

Track 1
11:20

Localising and being different: Capitalising on new routes

  • Differentiating yourself as a brand against more local established competition
  • Developing a successful route development strategy
  • Partnerships and alliances for propelling growth
  • Legacy vs. LCC’s in the race for African route dominance
  • Risks and rewards
 
Track 2
11:20

Launching airport infrastructure projects in Africa – why operational readiness is the key to success

  • Harnessing the challenge
  • Defining the right methodology
  • Adopting a structured approach
  • Mobilising the stakeholders and the logistics
  • Organising the trials
  • Mitigating the risks
  • Ensuring success
 
Track 1
11:40

Liberating Africa’s skies: The route to sustainable growth

  • Long term planning, not just short term survival
  • Creating clear cut policies and standardising procedures
  • What does all this mean for domestic carriers?
  • More air traffic, more connectivity - lower fares
  • Adjusting to new routes in different locations
  • Preparing for the challenges of faster growth
 
Track 2
11:40

Balancing growth with sustainable revenue with elements of cost leadership in Africa

  • Building and managing viable airports
  • Modernising and expanding to meet demand
  • Changing spaces, changing expectations
  • Dealing with disruptions
 
11:59

FUNDING FLYING ASSETS

Track 1
12:00

Capturing the African opportunity before international carriers sweep in

  • Trends shaping future African route development
  • Increased intra-African connectivity
  • The impact of growing Gulf carriers
  • Using economic and market intelligence to guide and increase route development
  • Challenges and benefits for the up-and-coming hubs
  • Route expansion, passenger growth, and innovative services
 
Track 2
12:00

It’s all about options: Paying for planes

  • Benefits of aircraft ownership
  • A closer look at the numbers: purchasing outright
  • Using passenger growth stats to plan the timing of your next purchase
  • Is this a cost saving approach?
  • Knowing when to replace ageing aircrafts
  • The lease/buy debate 
 

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

Numbers will be limited at each table to ensure everybody gets their chance to participate in the discussion. Now’s your chance to get really interactive! Simply pick one of our roundtable topics and join the debate.
5 minutes will be allocated for delegates to settle and find their relevant roundtable.
 
12:20

Business travel in Africa: The trends, the challenges, and the opportunities

12:20

Enhanced tower control service powered by remote tower technology

12:20

How can airlines thrive in the digital era?

12:20

How government should promote local content in aviation

12:20

How to successfully phase out leased aircraft

12:20

LCC: How to compete with established airlines

12:20

Simplifying aviation insurance

13:00

LUNCH NETWORKING, & EXHIBITION VIEWING,

14:19

OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY

14:19

BOOSTING AIR TRAFFIC

Track 1
14:20

A competitive necessity: Integrating technology and operational efficiency

  • Using tech to increase efficiency and decrease costs
  • Reviewing the operating model – tailoring it to the region
  • Managing the technology and data output
  • Using your data to avoid operational interruptions
  • Seriously considering outsourcing certain services
 
Track 1
14:40

The quest for operational efficiency between airports and airlines

  • Plan, plan, plan – minimising the inefficient use of airport infrastructure
  • How to transform turnaround times and decrease congestion
  • Simplifying and streamlining processes and communication
  • Actually implementing good ideas
  • Creating and enhancing a better passenger experience
 
Track 2
14:40

The African air traffic opportunity – how urbanisation is fuelling aviation growth

  • How urbanisation is forcing airlines and airports to formulate a long term vision
  • How sustainable is this growth?
  • The impact of any sudden change in economic conditions 
  • Handling the increase in demand for flight movements
 

TRAVEL DISTRIBUTION

Track 1
15:00

Airline Distribution in the Uber Age

  • Evolution of airline distribution channels
  • Being “frenemies” with indirect distribution: How to make commoditization work for you
  • Upcoming trends and opportunities, IATA NDC & One Order
  • How to turn TOs and OTAs into Productive & Happy Partners
 
Track 2
15:00

Why you need to modernise existing air traffic management systems

  • Picking technology that provides true efficiency
  • Balancing costs and operational requirements
  • Seamlessly incorporating new tech to legacy systems
  • How effective ATM enables growth
  • Next gen air traffic control and what this means for growing passenger numbers
 
15:19

AFRICAN STORIES

15:19

AFRICAN STORIES

Track 1
15:20

The hottest projects in Namibia and what is being done

Courage Silombela, Strategic Executive: Engineering, It & Projects, Namibia Airports Company
16:20

AFTERNOON TEA, NETWORKING & EXHIBITION VIEWING

16:59

THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Satyendra Pandey
17:00

How can airlines thrive in an age of digital disruption?

  • Adapting and catering to the changing traveller behaviour
  • Successfully planning for - and implementing - new technologies
  • Forward thinking airlines: Tech that helps reduce operating costs
  • Utilising in-flight connectivity to create new revenue streams
  • Disrupting the travel industry – what African start-ups can learn from India’s low cost aviation model
 
Dominic Nessi
17:20

Next generation African airports

  • Embracing tech, self-service, and going fully automated
  • Apps and what they mean for your customer engagement
  • Connectivity: Empowering the passenger
  • Harnessing business intelligence
  • Tech that boosts efficiency – targeting a faster processing time in airports
  • Global successes and how they can be replicated
 
17:40

CHAIR'S CLOSING ADDRESS AND CLOSE OF DAY ONE

18:00

COCKTAIL PARTY

last published: 23/May/17 07:45 GMT