World Low Cost Airlines Congress


New routes, new revenues and new customers for low cost carriers


The 15th annual World Low Cost Airlines Congress is the world’s leading event for CEOs and Heads of Marketing, Distribution and Route Development for the world’s low cost low fare carriers. In 2018 we will invite the CEO of every low-cost airline in the world to share ideas on how to develop and grow their business. From new routes, to new revenues to new customers.

In 2018 we will welcome over 150 exhibitors and a premium speaker faculty to attract an audience of up to 800 airline executives. If you sell solutions and technology to help LCCs cut costs, grow revenue or secure more market share then you need to be here.


Speakers Include

Robin Hayes, President and CEO, JetBlue

Robin Hayes

John Rodgerson, CEO, Azul Brazilian Airlines

John Rodgerson
Azul Brazilian Airlines

Jozsef Varadi, CEO, Wizz Air

Jozsef Varadi
Wizz Air

Skuli Mogensen, CEO, Wow Air

Skuli Mogensen
Wow Air

Johan Lundgren CEO easyJet

Johan Lundgren

Mehmet Nane CEO Pegasus Airlines

Mehmet Nane
Pegasus Airlines

Thorsten Dirks Board Member Lufthansa

Thorsten Dirks
Board Member

Juliandra Nurtjahjo President & CEO Citilink Indonesia

Juliandra Nurtjahjo
President & CEO
Citilink Indonesia



DAY 1  |  DAY 2

World Low Cost Airlines Congress, Thursday 6 September 2018




Panel discussion

Join us to explore the future of start-up engagement and investment in the industry with leading investors and airlines

  • Who are the latest successes of corporate start-up engagements in our industry?
  • What should airlines tech focus on for the future of their business?
  • How can airlines and other aerospace companies work with start-ups? should everyone invest? should everyone have innovation teams?
  • How to stay ahead of the pack?
  • What are the biggest barriers of innovation today for our industry?
  • Is competition conducive to innovation in our industry?
  • What is the power of partnerships and co-investments in the start-up ecosystem?


Johan Lundgren

Keynote Interview: Johan Lundgren, CEO, easyJet

New easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren joins us to talk about easyJet worldwide and look at how one of Europe’s largest airlines is using innovative solutions to expands their reach into all segments. He will also be exploring the evolution of the LCC business model in Europe and discussing the current competition and consolidation in the market.
Thorsten Dirks

Keynote Interview: Thorsten Dirks, CEO Eurowings, Board Member, Lufthansa

Thorsten has a vast amount of experience outside the aviation industry, as former President of Germany’s digital industry association he is bringing a lot of much needed digital experience to the airline sector. He sits down with Guy Johnson to discuss the challenges of restructuring the eurowings brand and the efforts he is making to ensure that digital is at the core of everything the airline does going forward.
Hernán Rincón

Keynote Interview: Hernan Rincon, CEO, Avianca

Avianca’s innovative CEO is a former Microsoft executive, he is leading the airlines transformation by becoming more digitally-orientated rather than just aviation focused. In short Hernan wants to transform Avianca into a “digital company that flies planes”. He chats to Guy Johnson to talk about how they are looking to become more sophisticated, analytics-driven and how they plan to use digital and mobile apps to provide the passenger with a better experience.
Panel discussion

Keynote CEO Panel: Following their interviews, our keynote speakers will join a panel discussion, where they will debate some of the biggest challenges facing the industry

  • How can the aviation industry cope with the rapid changes that digital technology brings and how are airline CEOs prioritising digital and mobile only tools and applications?
  • What is the next step for the consolidation in the European market, are low cost carriers still the core innovators in a dramatically changing industry?
  • Passenger connectivity is continually growing, how can we use this to best serve our customers and deliver a more seamless end-to-end experience?
  • What impact will low-cost long-haul travel have on the future of global competition and will we see new feeder partnerships develop?
  • What does the next generation travel experience look like?
Dee Waddell

Innovation Keynote: Know Your Innovation ABCs: AI, Blockchain, Cloud

  • How are these technologies advancing the airline industry in a tangible way?
  • What successes do they drive?
  • What's next for their impact in the coming months? 

Networking refreshment break in the exhibition hall

round tables

Technology & Strategy Roundtables

With rising passenger expectations and rapidly-changing technology, how can we as an industry evolve to meet these challenges? Our roundtables are hosted by senior level topic specialists. Participants are asked to introduce themselves to the table, and then as a group, they brainstorm and produce their suggestions on what technology would work best for them. After 30 minutes, there is one rotation, so participants can join two tables during the session.
Artificial Intelligence. Are you getting the most out of it?
Sergio Sánchez González

Sergio Sánchez González, Industry Business Development Associate (EMEA TTL), Salesforce

As legacy distribution becomes unsustainable, how should airlines embrace the travel distribution revolution?
Dee Waddell

Dee Waddell, Global Managing Director, Travel & Transportation, IBM

Big Data, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence – are these just buzz words or will they empower to the next generation of retailing?
Pramod Jain

Pramod Jain, Vice President of Marketing and Solutions Management, Sabre

EU261 Best Practices: What are the best strategies to handle delayed passengers and cancelled flights and is there a right way to respond to EU261?
Oliver Bradburne

Oliver Bradburne, Account handler, Aerospace, JLT Specialty Limited

From complaints to compliments and better cost control, is IROPS logistics automation the answer?
How can airlines be confident that inflight connectivity will deliver a positive return?
Frederik Van Essen

Frederik Van Essen, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Inmarsat

How can airlines both increase incremental revenue and driver greater NPS?
Azim Barodawala

Azim Barodawala, CEO, Volantio Inc.

How can IFC deliver on truly cloud-scaled user experiences?
Henning Horst

Henning Horst, Senior Manager, Sales Aeronautical EMEA, SES

How can we transform the IoT buzzword into a genuine revenue booster for airlines and airports?
Susanne Schadler

Susanne Schadler, Global Marketing Manager, NXP Semiconductors

How the Industrial Internet can help you drive greater asset productivity and improve flight efficiency?
Adam Ward

Adam Ward, Director, Digital Sales Europe, GE Aviation

How to build loyalty during disruption?
Al Tredinnick

Al Tredinnick, BDM, 15below

Modernising your airline: What would your RM world look like without Fare Families and RBD’s?
Alexander Mans

Alexander Mans, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, FLYR

Now that nearly half (43%) of all available seat miles (ASM) worldwide offer at least a chance of Wi-Fi what are the connectivity requirements and best practices that the industry should be offering airlines and their passengers?
Jon Norris

Jon Norris, Senior Director - Marketing, Panasonic Avionics

Offers, Merchandising, Orders - How to play nice together and win?
Andrew Hurst

Andrew Hurst, CTO, 2e Systems

What’s the next big innovation in ancillary merchandising?
Mark Brown

Mark Brown, Vice President Sales & Client Accounts EMEA, Fusion

Why Heathrow and Gatwick are joining forces to create a blockchain for operational excellence
Abhi Chacko

Abhi Chacko, Head Of I.T.Commercial And Innovation, Gatwick Airport


Robin Hayes
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Visionary CEO Interview: Robin Hayes, President and CEO, JetBlue

  • The future prospect of JetBlue’s European expansion
  • Consolidation in the US Market – How much further can it go?
  • Inspiring customers and your staff to love their brand and drive a better experience
  • Launching corporate technology ventures to stay ahead of the curve
Panel discussion
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The evolution of the LCC business model: How far can the convergence between LCCs and FSCs stretch before all models look the same?

  • What is the next step in LCC evolution beyond long haul and feeder traffic partnerships?
  • How is the LCC long haul market affecting the pricing strategies of flag carriers?
  • Are there any traditional LCCs left in established markets?
  • To what extent can LCCs compete for business travellers with FSCs?
  • How is digital technology helping LCCs differentiate their products?
József Váradi, Chief Executive Officer, Wizz Air

Networking lunch in the exhibition hall


Erik-Jan Gelink
World Low Cost Airlines Congress

Innovator Keynote: How Transavia aims to become to the most innovative airlines in Europe by implementing a new role based, non-hierarchical way of working inspired by agile scrums & lean-start-ups

  •  The external environment is changing rapidly, how can we adapt and be more flexible and keep up with passenger demands?
  • How can you combine cost leadership and digital innovation to help differentiate your products and compete effectively?
  • What are the results from most recent trials and experiments with chatbots, flight search and blockchain technology? 
Bobby Healy
World Low Cost Airlines Congress

The future of travel technology: 2030 - What will the Travel Digital Ecosystem look like; and the opportunities it presents

Conversational commerce 
o China is way ahead of the West. EU has been leapfrogged by Asia on mobile. 
o Phone operators must take part of the blame but so too does Govt. 
o weChat for conversational commerce and support. 

Artificial Intelligence 
o Practical implementation of bot answering emails
o Introduce Alexa ; The difficulty with speech and text to speech has been solved in the last couple of years and now a far better input device than a keyboard. 

China as the new world tech leader. What can we learn? 
Surain  Adyanthaya
World Low Cost Airlines Congress

Artificial Intelligence: How airlines are transforming offer optimization & revenue management with AI

    irline industry is fraught with endless applications and claims about Artificial Intelligence and cognitive technologies, as they look to transform how they manage revenue and create and distribute offers. The biggest question they must evaluate is this: Are all AI technologies the same and do they deliver the same value?
  • How can airlines augment pricing and revenue management strategies with AI – and how do evaluate the technologies that deliver strategic value?
  • How does AI transform offer creation and dynamic packaging to create more personalized offers that increase consumer satisfaction and increase conversions?
  • How is AI used to day to better understand a customer’s willingness to pay and bring dynamic pricing to life? 
Panel discussion
World Low Cost Airlines Congress

Competition and pricing - How can LCCs combine digital tech and smart pricing techniques to differentiate their products & deliver value to mobile natives?

  • What is stopping our ability to collect and wield customer data needed to optimise total revenue?
  • Why is it so hard to manage both prices and inventory in real-time? 
  • Using AI to capture relevant information that will help us make better business decisions 
  • Personalised ancillaries: Where are airlines missing the mark on personalisation? 
  • How can machine learning help close direct sales?
  • Introducing smarter dynamics and analytics into your pricing structure to support profitable growth

Afternoon refreshment break and exhibition viewing


Panel discussion

Dragons Den

We have partnered with some of the best airline innovation hubs and accelerators from around the world to solve the everyday problems that the aviation industry faces.
Some of the very best organisations that have emerged from our research will give a 3-minute pitch on stage to you the audience and to or carefully selected judging panel of some of the industry’s most informed executives.
Join us to see how we as an industry can innovate through collaborating with start-ups to meet the needs of our passengers
last published: 22/Jun/18 13:55

World Low Cost Airlines Congress, Friday 7 September 2018


Conference doors open

Future Technology, digital revolution, passenger behaviours and distribution

Henry Harteveldt

Chairman’s opening remarks

Sir Tim Clark

Industry game changer Interview: Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates

Industry legend Sir Tim sits down with Henry Harteveldt to discuss:
  • How is the airline industry adapting to rapidly changing passenger behaviours and what kind of technological decisions should we be making to stay ahead of the curve?
  • Embracing the revolution and understanding the next wave of big changes – Windowless planes, AI, biometrics, blockchain and hyper personalisation
  • The future of global distribution systems: How Emirates plans to remove digital intermediaries and take control of its offering
Linda Jojo

How United’s technological innovations exemplify the convergence of man and machine, the path to autonomous mobility and global connectivity.

  • Autonomous trends among the aviation landscape in particular – and how technology, innovation and data are transforming  both customer service and key hub economies.
  • The tools and applications that are shifting the airline industry as employees and customers gain greater control of the  travel experience, especially within a connected world.
  • How the right technology can help companies connect people and provide the best possible customer experience.
Campbell Wilson

Keynote presentation: Marrying service with digital leadership

  • Equipping the world’s most awarded airline for the digital age 
  • Understanding the importance of balancing technology, people and mindset 
  • What have been the key challenges, successes and learnings?  
Panel discussion

What will be the key digital disruptions in the next 5 years and how will blockchain, AI, Machines Learning, data, Wi-Fi and cyber security help shape the future of the industry?

  • What are the key potential touchpoints for artificial intelligence and how much of a priority will AI applications be for the airline industry by 2019?
  • Will blockchain live up to the hype and be the panacea for data exchange that the airline industry desperately needs?
  •  What will the next generation of in In-flight connectivity and on-board entertainment services and products look like?
  • Understanding the future of distribution: What will the airline distribution model look like in the next 5 years and what role will Global Distribution Systems play?

Networking refreshment break and exhibition viewing


John Rodgerson
World Low Cost Airlines Congress

Keynote Interview: John Rodgerson, CEO, Azul Airlines

Azul CEO John Rodgerson steps into the hot seat with John Strickland to discuss:
  • Creating a fast growing LCC that defies the national economy
  • Stimulating new passengers to generate a larger market
  • Future expansion and growth plans
Mike Thompson
World Low Cost Airlines Congress

The Future of LCC Airline Partnerships: Everyone’s a Partner in a Retail World

  • LCCs changing partnership landscape drives new offers and ways to connect 
  • Adding diversity, while minimizing complexity
  • Serving up new choices in an omni-channel environment
  • How will travelers embrace the new world
Chris Garlock
World Low Cost Airlines Congress

Improving ancillary performance through AI/Machine Learning

  • The benefits of AI/Machine Learning over other forms of optimisation
  • Key strategies of machine learning
  • Case study example showing the benefits of machine learning 
Juliandra Nurtjahjo
World Low Cost Airlines Congress

Keynote Interview: Juliandra Nurtjahjo, President & CEO, Citilink Indonesia

  • Competitive landscape in the Indonesian domestic LCC market
  • Future improvements for passengers both pre-flight, during flight and post flight
  • Future plans for passenger growth in 2018 and on wards
Mehmet T. Nane
World Low Cost Airlines Congress

Keynote Interview: Mehmet Nane, CEO, Pegasus Airlines

  • Current state of the Turkish aviation industry 
  • How Pegasus are utilising their new aircrafts to improve the passenger experience
  • Digital Transformation at Pegasus  

Networking lunch in the exhibition hall


Con Korfiatis
World Low Cost Airlines Congress

Keynote Interview: flyadeal is a monumental carrier In the Saudi region as it operates as a true low-cost carrier. CEO Con Korfiatis joins us as part of our new LCC CEO Keynote series to discuss:

  • The first true low fare airline in the kingdom – How will flyadeal compete with the traditional hybrid model in the region?
  • Staying true to the model and working effectively with sister carrier Saudia – What are the challenges of succeeding with this model?
  • Future fleet strategy and international expansion opportunities
Martin Gauss
World Low Cost Airlines Congress

Keynote Interview: Air Baltic CEO Martin Gauss sits down with John Strickland to discuss

  • Examining the hybrid LCC model – How Air Baltic are fighting off the competition 
  • Improving performance to become the World Most Punctual Airline
  • New routes and long flights – what does the future hold for expansion? 
Zdenek Komenda
World Low Cost Airlines Congress

The future of Virtual Interlining disruption across travel industry

  • The whole industry is finally aware of Virtual Interlining / Self-Connect, what are the unique selling points of
  • What does do in order to win an educated customer and provide the best service?
  • What do airlines and airports think about Virtual Interlining and what are the current trends? 
  • Flights only or can multimodality play its part as well? 
Hrafn Thorgeirsson
World Low Cost Airlines Congress

Keynote Interview: 2018 is expected to be a defining year for Primara Air as they evolve from being a leisure carrier to an emerging transatlantic airline. Their CEO joins us to discuss:

  • Future low cost long haul route development strategy
  • Plans for next generation long range aircrafts
  • How Primera plans to be a leader in the changing long-haul and transatlantic flight segment

Close of the festival - See you next year!

last published: 22/Jun/18 13:55


Who Sponsors?

Distribution Platforms

Reservation Platforms

On-board Services


Payment Systems

Fraud Prevention

Mobile Technology

Revenue Management

Who Attends?


Chief Commercial Officer/ Commercial Director

COO/Head of Operations

Head of Ancillary Revenue

Head of Marketing

Head of Route Development

Head of Distribution

Head of Revenue Management

Head of E Commerce

Head of Customer Loyalty

Head of Sales and Business Development


For sponsorship and exhibition please contact Martyn McMurray on


Sponsors Include


Chubb Travel Insurance




Openjaw Technologies

Radixx/ EZY

Revenue Management Systems




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