2 – 4 April 2019
Hong Kong

Pre-conference programme

Tuesday, 2 April 2019
Venue: AsiaWorld-Expo

09:00-13:00 Digitization of Human Resources: Challenges and opportunities

In many airports HR is becoming the central unit that coordinates and orchestrates digital transformation. This provides HR professionals with challenges that aren’t only limited to talent acquisition and management. HR leaders are heavily involved in organizational tasks, together with a strategic approach to the employee experience span from information architecture to employee well-being.

09:00-11:00 Slot workshop

As of October 2018, 201 Level 3 or slot coordinated airports were listed and 122 Level 2 airports (the lesser congested, schedule-managed airports with some peak congestion). According to International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecasts, there could be 100 more co-ordinated airports in the next 10 years by 2030. As we know, airport congestion leads to delays and a deterioration of the quality of the passenger experience. It can also reduce competition since it is difficult for new carriers to enter an already-full airport. This gives increased market power to incumbent airlines and potentially means higher fares for passengers. This pre-conference workshop will provide background information on the existing IATA worldwide slot guidelines (WSG) and will explore mechanisms by which the implementation of slot allocation processes and rules can optimize the use of airport capacity.

11:30-13:30 The economics of airports – Mastering the crystal ball with robust data and indicators

Airports are complex businesses that operate in unique and evolving physical, financial and regulatory environments. This session will provide a data-driven summary of the main economic characteristics of the airport industry drawing on ACI’s World Airport Traffic Forecasts and the latest battery of Airport Key Performance Indicators. Conventional wisdom will be challenged by debunking several myths in the airport business based on a comprehensive internationally comparable dataset. In addition to the latest trends and forecasts in air transport demand across the world’s airports, aeronautical and non-aeronautical revenues will be explored over time. Other topics include the economic dynamics of airport throughput and economies of scale as well as an analysis of financial indicators that paint a picture of an airport’s bottom line.

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:30 Environment forum: Resilience, climate change adaptation, and combatting wildlife trafficking

14:00-15:00              Assessing airports risks and working to become more resilient

It is undisputable that airports’ infrastructure and operations are not immune to climate change impacts: increase in temperatures have grounded aircraft while more adverse weather events, such as lightening, cyclones, typhons and hurricanes have damaged several airports around the globe and disrupted their operations and business continuity. They can also cause air traffic delays and affect slot management at airports. Moreover, apart from physical damage, there are other financial risks related to climate change for airport operators. Preparedness is key and is cheaper than recovery. This session will focus on adaptation planning, including financial risk-assessments and working with stakeholders to mitigate different associated risks to become more resilient.

15:00-15:30              Coffee break

15:30-16:30              Identifying opportunities for airport operators to develop a framework of action against wildlife trafficking

Wildlife trafficking is one of the most lucrative international organized crimes with an estimated worth of about US$20 billion (ranked top 4 international organized crime after human trafficking). Traffickers have been abusing the fast mobility of the aviation network system to conduct their crimes. ACI has been working to identify opportunities to combat wildlife trafficking and support airports in this endeavour. Devising collaborative ways to share intelligence, facilitate progress, and bring positive long-term behavioral change for both industry stakeholders and passengers are amongst the highest priorities identified. This session will provide a detailed overview of these issues and present solutions to combat this practice.

14:00-16:30 Cargo forum

Programme (including topics, speakers, tours, etc.) is subject to further amendments without prior notice.