Digitally Connected Airports Conference

Meeting the capacity demand 2030
In collaboration with
Airports Council International
Digitally Connected Airports Conference

Aviation is at a crossroads, with major challenges facing the sector as a whole and airports in particular. Sustainability, capacity, and digitalisation – all of these are hot topics for airports and aviation in general.

EUROCONTROL has taken the initiative, in collaboration with ACI EUROPE, to tackle these big issues at our high-level conference, Digitally Connected Airports – Meeting the Capacity Demand 2030.


The conference was aimed squarely at the policy makers seeking to steer our industry. We brought together the C-suite of the aviation chain including airline CEOs, airport CEOs, Directors General of Civil Aviation and other senior aviation industry representatives.

This is the must-attend airport event,
bringing together
regulatory, technology and operational aspects
to drive the evolution of airport policy.

Conference line-up

Eamonn Brennan
Eamonn Brennan
Director General
Henrik Hololei, Director General of DG MOVE, European Commission
Director General of DG MOVE
European Commission
Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI-Europe
Director General
ACI Europe
Michael O'Leary
Michael O'Leary
Chief Executive Officer
Ryanair Holdings
Grazzia Vittadini, CTO of Airbus
Chief Technology Officer
Asher Adish
Regional Director Marketing & Sales
Jonas Abrahamsson, President and CEO of Swedavia
President & Chief Executive Officer
Fiona Carleton, Director of Expansion Strategy and Future Operations at Heathrow
Director of Expansion Strategy & Future Operations
London Heathrow Airport
James Cranswick
Director Aviation
Hemant Mistry, Director of Global Airport Infrastructure and Fuel, IATA
Director of Global Airport Infrastructure & Fuel
International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Birgit Otto
Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer
Schiphol Group
Jos Lammers, ACI EUROPE President and Munich Airport CEO
Jost Lammers
President | Chief Executive Officer
ACI EUROPE | Munich airport
Andrew Murphy
Andrew Murphy
Manager Aviation
Transport & Environment
Dalton Philips, CEO Dublin Airport
Chief Executive Officer
Dublin Airport
Ismail Polat, Chief Planning Officer, Istanbul Airport
Chief Planning Officer
İGA İstanbul New Airport
Iacopo Prissinotti
Director Network Management
Ian Rodley
Business Development Manager
OpenWorks Engineering
Andrew Charlton, Aviation Advocacy
Managing Director
Aviation Advocacy
Marc Houalla, CEO of Paris Charles de Gaulle airport
Executive Director | Managing Director
Group ADP | Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport


Morning shuttle
08:00 Shuttle from Gare Centrale
08:30 Shuttle from Schuman
Check in
08:00 Registrations open at EUROCONTROL reception
08:30 - 09:30 Light breakfast in Europa lobby
09:00 - 09:40 Exhibition in Europa lobby
09:45 - 09:55 Welcome & opening by Master of Ceremonies Bob Graham, Head of Airports, EUROCONTROL
09:55 - 10:05 Airport of the Future: aviation challenges and opportunities Eamonn Brennan, Director General, EUROCONTROL
10:05 - 10:15 Airports and ATM integration: towards increased performance and sustainability Olivier Jankovec, Director General, ACI EUROPE
10:15 - 10:25 Airports: the strategic overview Henrik Hololei, Director General DG MOVE, European Commission
10:25 - 10:35 Connectivity in aviation Grazia Vittadini, Chief Technology Officer, Airbus
Take off
10:40 - 10:55 View from Europe’s largest airline Michael O’Leary, Chief Executive Officer , Ryanair Holdings
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break & tour of exhibits  
11:30 - 12:35 All airports connected Moderator: Marc Houalla, Executive director of Group ADP & Managing Director, Paris-Charles De Gaulle Airport
    Jost Lammers, President, ACI EUROPE & Chief Executive Officer, Munich Airport
    Birgit Otto, Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer, Schiphol Group
    Hemant Mistry, Director Global Airport Infrastructure & Fuel, IATA
    Iacopo Prissinotti, Director Network Management, EUROCONTROL
12:40 - 13:00 Dragons' den: Drone detection and dissuasion Moderator: Bob Graham, Head of Airports, EUROCONTROL
    Asher Abish, Regional Director of Marketing & Sales, ELTA
    Ian Rodley, Business Development Manager, OpenWorks Engineering
    James Cranswick, Director Aviation, Deloitte
13:00 - 14:10 Networking lunch & tour of exhibits  
14:15 - 14:30 Addressing environmental challenges Jonas Abrahamsson, President & Chief Executive Officer, Swedavia
14:30 - 15:35 Runway capacity challenge Moderator: Andrew Charlton, Managing Director, Aviation Advocacy
    Dalton Philips, Chief Executive Officer, Dublin Airport
    Fiona Carleton, Director of Expansion Strategy and Future Operations, London Heathrow Airport
    Ismail Polat, Chief Planning Officer, Istanbul Airport
    Andrew Murphey, Manager Aviation, Transport & Environment
15:40 - 15:50 Closing remarks Eamonn Brennan, Director General, EUROCONTROL
Afternoon shuttle
16:15 Shuttle to Gare Centrale  
16:30 Shuttle to Schuman  
16:30 Shuttle to Brussels Airport (BRU)  
Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI-Europe
Olivier Jankovec
Director General

“ACI EUROPE is delighted to be supporting EUROCONTROL’s Digitally Connected Airports Conference where top aviation players are coming together to share perspectives and discuss the key challenges facing airports.

Looking ahead, there are many issues which will affect airport operations and our license to grow. Widespread concern and questions about climate change and sustainability are already beginning to chip away at the value of aviation.

Ultimately, this may not just be about our license to grow, but also about our license to keep operating. On the other hand, there is a lot that can be done to enhance operations at and around airports. We can improve the passenger experience by connecting airports to the wider network and leverage data and artificial intelligence.

We look forward to seeing many of you at this key event!”

Photography and filming

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