Inmarsat, London 18 - 19 April 2018

​​Thursday, 19 April 2018 – Main conference


Breakfast briefing – The rise of airport urbanism

An informal breakfast session providing additional networking and learning time for delegates and speakers.


Registration and morning refreshments


Chair’s welcome


Political address: The vision for aviation as a driver of UK plc

Outlining the long-term strategy for UK aviation and its role in driving regional and national economic growth. How does the government plan to support continued, sustainable growth of UK airports and connectivity? How could Brexit affect the sector and the government’s future aviation strategy?


Keynote interview: How should the airport environment function to support the smooth operation of an airline?

Positioning the airline as the ultimate client in the aviation sector, the interview will explore what airlines are looking for from airports in the short and long term. What are the biggest economic and logistical challenges of running an airline and how can airport operators and their suppliers alleviate those challenges? What do airlines see as the biggest trends that will influence UK airports over the next 10 years? What aircraft and technology solutions are they considering?


Debate – How should the industry best manage the UK’s unprecedented passenger growth in the short and long term?

Drawing on expectations of airlines, airports and passengers, the panel will explore where we the aviation sector is and where it needs to be to support sustainable growth. What is needed from our airport infrastructure to meet demand in the next 5-10 years and what does the industry need to do to prepare for aviation in 50 years’ time? What should airports and air traffic look like, and how will sustainability, technology and customer service play into such aspirations?


Morning refreshments break


Aircraft spotlight – What to expect from the next generation of aircraft fleet

Insight into the innovations being pushed through with aircraft and what impact hey could have on infrastructure. How will future aircraft shape our airport spaces and infrastructure over the next 10- 20 years?


Tech trends in the aviation sector – The rise of autonomous vehicles?

An overview of developments of autonomous vehicles and current airside trials at UK and international airports. How are airports and suppliers mitigating the safety risks involved? How will the introduction of autonomous vehicles impact on the future design of airport spaces?


Tech trends in the aviation sector – Advancing passenger autonomation

Exploring developments in autonomation such as bag drop off, self-check in, self-boarding gates, and the learnings to date. What are airports aspirations for streamlining the passenger journey and where will future innovation be focused? What does passenger journey automation mean for the future design of airport spaces?


Speaker Q&A panel


Networking lunch


Delivering the customer experience at Bristol Airport

Driving customer service standards while enhancing airport infrastructure in a live environment – what are the challenges and learnings for Bristol? An update on the story so far – the challenges of sweating out assets and the innovative approaches that have worked – and the short and long-term plans for the airport.


Meeting the increasing demand in the South – Southampton Airport’s vision for the next 20 years

Revealing the ambitions for growth and master plan for sustainable development up to 2037, highlighting priorities for development and enhancement, from surface access to technology. Shorter-term, how is the airport advancing existing airside projects and smaller scale improvements?


Airports as economic engines for growth – Aspirations for Luton Airport

Considering the impact of airports on the local area and how they can contribute to the region as economic engine for growth, driving opportunities and jobs. How is Luton Airport working with local authorities to capitalise on such opportunities? What plans are in place to drive growth and connectivity to the local area?


Speaker Q&A panel


Afternoon refreshments break


Airport expansion: Gearing up to develop and construct a new runway at Heathrow

An update from the client team on developments and plans for R3: the master plan options and the procurement and delivery strategy. What will be done different – where is the team looking to innovate and what are they looking for from the supply chain?


Stansted Airport – Managing unprecedented passenger growth with existing infrastructure

Examining the level of unprecedented growth, the challenges it places on the existing infrastructure and the solutions being explored to manage Stansted sustainably, from stable and efficient security systems to working better with data to be more predictive. How does the expansion programme play into the smooth running of the airport and how are developments of current projects advancing?


Connecting the Midlands – Driving growth and connectivity at Birmingham Airport

Setting out Birmingham Airport’s master plan to drive capacity and connectivity in the region. What are the plans for advancing surface access? How does the airport plan to mitigate challenges of constructing HS2 on the external operations and accessibility of the airport? What will be the short and long-term priorities for supporting continued growth at the airport?


Speaker Q&A panel


Chair’s closing remarks


Close of Airports 2018

​​Wednesday, 18 April 2018 – Innovation, technology and smart airport development seminar


Registration and refreshments


Facilitator’s welcome


Digitising the design process

Insight into a major airport operator's approach to airport design to drive efficiency and engage delivery partners. How is the design process being digitised and how will this shape airport design and development in the future?


Driving productivity through remote logistics hubs for Heathrow Airport

A year on from Heathrow Airport’s launch of remote logistics hubs for offsite manufacture, the airport will share an update on the development of those hubs, including details of the long list, the process to determine the shortlist and how the hubs will feed into the delivery model for the third runway.


Industry panel: Technology, deliverability, skills and labour – what will the industry look like in 2030?

Against the backdrop of increasing airport capacity, driving sustainable development, emerging technology trends and major projects on the horizon, what engineering and construction challenges does the industry face and what is needed from airports and the supply chain to meet these challenges? Where does the industry need to nurture skills and innovation across the sector?


Networking refreshments break - International case study

A look at an international airport’s innovative approach and adoption of technology to enhance the management and operation of their airport infrastructure.


SME innovation hub – pitch your aviation solutions to the industry

The session invites SMEs to pitch their innovative products and solutions to the industry in just 10 minutes (5 minutes for pitches and 5 minutes for questions). At the end of the session, delegates will be asked to vote for their favourite pitch based on the best solution and the best pitch! Pitch themes: design, logistics, baggage handling, security, productivity.
To submit your SME pitch, please email by 12 February 2018 and explain why your company should have the stage in no more than 500 words.


Facilitator’s closing remarks


Close of Airports 2018 seminar


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