CAPA Qatar Aviation Aeropolitical and Regulatory Summit

Doha, Qatar
5-6 Feb 2019

Wednesday 6 February 2019

Registration, Networking & Coffee
Chairman’s Welcome
CAPA – Centre for Aviation, Chairman Emeritus, Peter Harbison
Winds of change: progress of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM)

For as long as air services have existed Africa has had enormous potential. That it has yet to be achieved is due in large part to nationalism and a reluctance to recognise the economic value of expansive air links. Despite numerous attempts to achieve some form of multilateral liberalisation, with one or two key exceptions, the continent remains riddled by failed national airline models. The LCC model, which has succeeded in disrupting most other markets globally, appears to be making some inroads in shifting travel perceptions and regional connectivity, but there is much to be done before substantial results are achieved.

  • What has been the impact of the Yamoussoukro Decision? Has implementation fallen short of the Decision’s original objectives?
  • What have been the economic/safety costs of African governments’ unwavering commitment to keeping national flag carriers afloat?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities presented by SAATM?
  • Changing dynamics of African air carriers 
Moderator: European Commission, Director-General Mobility and Transport, Henrik Hololei
  • African Airlines Association, Secretary General, Abderahmane Berthé 
  • RwandAir, CEO, Yvonne Manzi Makolo 
  • South African Department of Transport, Director of Air Transport, Vuwani Ndwamato
The outlook for the ASEAN Air Travel Market
As the fastest growing international market in the world, southeast Asia has spawned ground-breaking international LCCs, cross border JV models and even LCC alliances. An essentially liberal bilateral approach by governments in the region has permitted this market driven proliferation, partially aided by the application of ASEAN open skies principles. This has also given the opportunity for discussions at multilateral level with the EU and the potential for a significant dialogue, with common goals. There is however residual resistance to full liberalisation as the framers of the ASEAN multilateral proposed.       
  • The future of the bloc – will ASEAN governments pursue an EU-like approach to aviation?
  • Will the bloc extend to include Asia Pacific?
  • Will cross-border JVs become redundant as the skies liberalise in Southeast Asia, allowing regional international connectivity?
  • To what extent is the cross border JV a commercial vs a regulatory model?
  • How are airlines lobbying governments to open as many markets as they can in order to reduce their risk of being exposed to only a few key markets?
  • Is competition too fierce in ASEAN domestic markets? Is further expansion from foreign entities via cross border JVs rational? 
Moderator: National University of Singapore, Professor of Aviation Law, Alan Tan
  • AirAsia, Group Head, International Policies & Institutions, Shasha Ridzam
  • Cambodia State Secretariat of Civil Aviation, Director of Air Transport, Chanty Vann
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong, Assistant Professor, Jae Woon (June) Lee 
  • Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM), Director Aviation Development, Germal Singh Khera
  • Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, Director, Dr. Sufian Jusoh
Coffee Break and Networking
Air cargo growing in prominence, but challenges remain 
Air cargo is viewed by many passenger carriers as a “stepchild,” but changes in the global supply chain have given cargo greater prominence. The surge in growth of “e-commerce” has transformed consumer behaviour and has driven major increases in demand.  Moreover, for countries such as the State of Qatar, having unfettered access to air cargo markets is a critical matter of national security.
  • What forces are shaping the global cargo market?  Does the regulatory framework support or hinder the growth of the industry
  • What are the challenges to cargo growth?
  • Safety and security issues –
Moderator: TIACA, Secretary General, Vladimir Zubkov 
  • Amerijet International Airlines, President & CEO, Vicken Karjian 
  • FedEx Express, Regional President, MEISA,  James Muhs
  • Liege Airport, CEO, Luc Partoune
How can airlines achieve their sustainability goals?
Just as airlines begin to savour the prospect of financial sustainability, the threat of failing to meet sustainability goals can quickly replace that challenge. In the area of climate change, of course, national and EU emissions targets provide clear goals for airlines (and airports) to plan for. But the rapid growth of the industry intensifies the need to act quickly and effectively. And sustainability relates to more than simply our approach to climate change.
  • Why does industry need to earn its licence to grow?
  • What external pressures are we seeing to challenge aviation’s sustainability record? 
  • Status of EU ETS/CORSIA and overlap of national emission schemes with CORSIA
  • Noise regulation as a challenge to growth
  • The impact of illegal wildlife trafficking and industry’s efforts to save iconic species
  • How to drive the commercial deployment of sustainable aviation fuels as a pillar of industry’s climate action strategy
Moderator: ATAG, Executive Director, Michael Gill 
  • Neste Suisse, Head of Aviation Solutions, Paul Paoletta
  • Studio Pierallini/LUISS University of Rome, Partner/Professor Aviation Law, Laura Pierallini
  • The Royal Foundation, Programme Manager, United for Wildlife, Rob Campbell 
Lunch Break & Networking
The way ahead in the aviation aeropolitical arena
Moderator: CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison
  • African Airlines Association, Secretary General, Abderahmane Berthé 
  • Croon Callaghan Aviation Consulting, Partner, Jim Callaghan 
  • European Commission, Director General Mobility and Transport, Henrik Hololei
  • International Institute of Air and Space Law, Director, Pablo Mendes de Leon 
  • National University of Singapore, Professor of Aviation Law, Alan Tan 
  • RwandAir, CEO, Yvonne Manzi Makolo
  • TIACA, Secretary General, Vladimir Zubkov 
  • Qatar Airways, Group CEO, H.E Akbar Al Baker
Chairman's Closing Remarks
CAPA - Centre for Aviation, Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison
Close of Summit