Attended by almost all airlines operating in the Australia-Pacific market, airports, aviation industry members and tourism bodies, this major event was held on 7 and 8 August at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sydney. The purpose of this mega meet was to explore some of the major industry issues from latest aircraft technology, opening up new city pairs, realigning airline hubs and reviewing partnership strategies on key markets such as the Trans-Tasman and Trans Pacific to rising fuel prices and growing trade protectionism which could cause major headwinds in the industry. Many of the discussions leveraged through CAPA’s strengths in global aviation research and analysis.
Over 500 aviation and corporate travel executives from airlines, airports and suppliers attended this event widely regarded as the largest, pre-eminent strategic aviation summit in the South Pacific region.
The elite speakers list included Alan Joyce Chief Executive Officer Qantas, Geoff Culbert
Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Airport Tadashi Fujita Representative Director, Executive Vice President Japan Airlines, Jim Parashos Executive General Manager, Aviation Development & Partnerships Brisbane Airport Corporation, Trent Banfield , International Operations & Aviation Development Manager Tourism Australia and many others. The conference proceedings were anchored by Peter Harbison Chairman Emeritus CAPA who at the start of the conference provided an excellent overview of the aviation market.
Aviation capacity in the Australia- India sector was raised by few speakers.
AITTC Chairman Sandip Hor spoke on outbound tourism from Australia, in particular to India as a part of the session on what’s driving demand for outbound travel and tourism.
Air India’s non –presence at this important regional aviation summit was noticeable.