CAPA Americas Aviation & LCCs Summit 7-8 May 2020 San Juan, Puerto Rico

    The CAPA Americas Aviation & LCCs Summit, to be held on 7-8 May 2020, will examine key commercial and operational issues affecting airlines and airports in the Americas, focusing on both US domestic issues and growth prospects in key international markets.

    In line with previous editions of the Americas Aviation Summit, CAPA will challenge leaders of North America’s aviation industry to reflect on what is needed to drive the industry forward, using examples of innovation in outside markets as a benchmark to follow.

    Industry rationalisation has helped the US majors enjoy very healthy profits recently. But this has not always been kind to airports which previously enjoyed hub status.

    Also, the infrastructure that supports the airline industry’s growth is in urgent need of reform. Despite a decades-long acknowledgement that the country’s airports and air traffic management system needs to modernise, little progress has been made.

    New to the 2020 Summit will be an injection of stimulating discussion on the evolving LCC market. With ULCCs making an impact, US majors have been forced to deploy an array of tactics to keep them at bay, in the form of segmented fare families and product unbundling. Further north, in Canada, ULCC start ups have injected renewed competition into the tightly held Canadian market.

    Long haul low cost international operations are becoming a feature of the US-Europe market, introducing a new dynamic into the equation. These have until now been the territory of foreign airlines, but with airlines like the mid-cost/mid-frills jetBlue embarking on trans-Atlantic operations, a new era of competition could be in the wind.

    Meanwhile, new aircraft technology is also reshaping route economics and opening up new markets in ultra long haul destinations to and from the continental US.

    With aviation in a highly dynamic state, the CAPA Americas Aviation & LCCs Summit 2020 will seek to tap into these changes and address the following issues:

    • Geopolitical outlook and its impact on aviation industry
    • The state of US infrastructure and ATM reform
    • The sustainability of revenue optimisation strategies, including fare families and product unbundling
    • The impact of New Generation aircraft on long haul route economics; enabling new growth opportunities between SE Asia and the US and Lower South America and North America
    • Immunised JVs and market access
    • Disruption on the North Atlantic; market impact of incursions from new low cost long haul entrants
    • The impact of ULCCs on the Canadian airline industry
    • Distribution in the digital age and latest NDC developments
    • Use cases for AI, automation and blockchain – what it could bring to the airline business
    • Coping with disruption and structural change – what airlines can learn from other sectors

    We invite you to join us in San Juan to engage in dynamic discussions and meet with senior decision makers from airlines, airports and industry suppliers.

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