SESSION TWO: AIRPORT COMPETITION DYNAMICS

10 Apr 2018
13:30 - 15:45

SESSION TWO: AIRPORT COMPETITION DYNAMICS

PART ONE – THEORY (PANEL DISCUSSION)
Airports need to attract both airlines and passengers. Traditional views of airport competition focused on local catchment areas. But today, in an aviation industry that is consolidating to a few airlines that can quickly re-deploy their aircraft to more profitable routes, airports have to compete for airline services on a pan-European basis. As a result, airports are constrained by the buyer power of their customers. Airports do not have thousands of individual customers, but only a dozen or so buyers with significant influence. Further, large hub airports are under pressure from the ‘super connector’ airlines’ hubs in the Gulf as well as hub-bypass. The need to maintain transfer passenger volume is strong driver of charges reductions.

Chair: Harry Bush, Director, H2B2 Ltd
Andrew Meaney, Partner, Oxera Consulting LLP
Nazzarena Franco, Vice-chair of the ACI EUROPE Economics Committee, Strategy Planning & IR Director, Bologna Airport
Warren Mundy, Chief Economist, Australian Airports Association
Henrik Mørch, Director, Markets and cases V: Transport, Post and other services, DG COMP
Peter Alawani, Chief, Economic Regulatory Framework Section, Air Transport Bureau (ATB), International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)
James Wiltshire, Head of Analysis, IATA Economics

PART TWO – CASE STUDIES (PRESENTATIONS)
What have airports done to ‘win’ new routes? How do airports demonstrate their potential to airlines to gain new air services? What product does an airport need to focus on? How can development of surface connections help an airport compete more broadly? And how will self-connections change airport competition?

Chair: Lars Jønstrup Dollerup, Chief Financial Officer, Copenhagen Airport
Francesco Ciarmatori, Managing Partner, Aragon Partners
Raffaele Pasquini, Head of Marketing & Business Development, Aeroporti di Roma
Mike Brown, Director of Business Intelligence, Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Edward Shelswell-White, Principal, ICF