25 OCTOBER 2021
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Monday 22 November has been confirmed for Airlines 2021 annual conference entitled ‘Rebuilding the UK’s role in global aviation.’
Launched in 2019 by the Association of UK Airlines (Airlines UK), Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK) and International Air Transport Association (IATA), alongside FlightGlobal, this event brings together the leading industry and government figures to address the extreme issues and challenges for the sector as the UK emerges from a Covid-impacted world.
One of the key sessions will be the appearance of the Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps interviewed by Peggy Hollinger, International Business Editor, Financial Times. Luis Gallego, Chief Executive of International Airlines Group (IAG), will deliver the keynote opening speech setting out his aspirations for the airline group and the UK aviation sector’s recovery.
Other speakers include IATA’s Director General, Willie Walsh, whose address will offer his thoughts and insights on the UK’s approach to international travel during the pandemic and how, as the sector starts to rebuild, the UK can reposition itself as a preeminent aviation market on the world stage.
Also from Europe Pieter Elbers, CEO, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, will give an insight into the KLM/Air France thinking, whilst Simon Calder will act as a moderator for a panel including Robert Courts, Minister for Aviation; Jonathan Hinkles, Chief Executive, Loganair; Steve Heapy, Chief Executive, Jet2; and Sophie Dekkers, Chief Commercial Officer, easyJet.
Other speakers include Emma Gilthorpe, CEO Jet Zero Council; Jonathon Counsell, Group Head of Sustainability, IAG, with the final session given over to Shai Weiss, Chief Executive, Virgin Atlantic, with what is described as a ‘fireside chat’ with Anita Mendiratta (Moderator), Special Advisor To The Secretary General, United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
Full programme: https://flightglobalevents.com/AirlinesConference/en/page/homepage
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