Video of the week – Australia Pacific Aviation and Corporate Travel Summit: industry perspectives

The South Pacific aviation market has enjoyed relatively benign operating conditions in the last couple of years, allowing the region’s carriers to record some of its best ever results. Major inbound markets are performing well and bringing solid traffic growth. Against this backdrop, Australia and New Zealand air carriers are exploring the latest aircraft technology, opening up new city pairs, realigning their hubs and reviewing their partnership strategies on key markets such as the Trans Tasman and Trans Pacific.

But as we head deeper into the year, changing macroeconomic conditions, rising fuel prices and growing trade protectionism could cause major headwinds in the industry. What is the outlook for Australia and New Zealand aviation for the medium term and what new dynamics will shape?

CAPA – Centre for Aviation attempted to address those questions with its Australia Pacific Aviation and Corporate Travel Summit, exploring these issues, as well as the commercial and operational pillars underpinning strategic decision making at local and international carriers.

This event, hosted at the Hyatt Regency Sydney hotel, located adjacent to Darling Harbour in Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD), brought together hundreds of aviation and corporate travel executives from airlines, airports and suppliers in what is widely regarded as the largest, pre eminent strategic aviation summit in the South Pacific region.

Here’s full coverage of the panel sessions from the event.

The competitive outlook for Australasian aviation

Moderator: CAPA – Centre for Aviation, Chairman Emeritus, Peter Harbison

Panel: Association of South Pacific Airlines, Chief Executive Officer/Secretary General, George Faktaufon; Nauru Airlines, Chairman, Trevor Jensen; Regional Express, Deputy Chairman, John Sharp; Sydney Airport, Chief Executive Officer, Geoff Culbert

The Great Debate: Airport regulation, friend or foe?

Moderator: CAPA – Centre for Aviation, Chairman Emeritus, Peter Harbison

Panel: ACCC, General Manager – Infrastructure Regulation Division, Matthew Schroder; AIPA, President, Mark Sedgwick; Airlines for Australia and New Zealand, Chairman, Graeme Samuel AC; Frontier Economics, Economist, Anna Wilson; Qantas, Group Executive Government, Industry, International and Sustainability, Andrew Parker; Regional Express, Deputy Chairman, John Sharp

What’s driving demand for outbound travel and tourism?

Moderator: Tourism Futures International, Managing Director, Bob Cain

Panel: Australia India Travel & Tourism Council, Chairman, Sandip Hor; China Southern Airlines, Director of Sales and Marketing AUS & NZ, Kevin Xu; Tourism New Zealand, General Manager Australia, Andrew Waddel

What’s really going on within the competitive market within Australia?

Moderator: Aviation Week, Senior Air Transport Editor, Adrian Schofield

Panel: Citi, Analyst – Industrials & Transport, Jakob Cakarnis; Evans and Partners, Head of Research, Cameron MacDonald; Ord Minnett, Senior Research Analyst, John O’Shea; S&P Global, Lead Analyst, Director, Graeme Ferguson; UBS, Analyst – Transport & Infrastructure, Matt Ryan

Distribution and selling challenges: NDC to the rescue?

Moderator: Travelport, Global Head of New Distribution, Ian Heywood

Panel: American Airlines, Vice President Asia Pacific Sales, Shane Hodges; Australian Federation of Travel Agents, Chief Executive, Jayson Westbury; Qantas, Executive Manager Sales and Distribution, Igor Kwiatkowski

Social impact in the travel and aviation industry – gender diversity, indigenous affairs, environment and more

Moderator: International SOS, Director, Risk, Jessica Beatson

Panel: Bioenergy Australia, Chief Executive Officer, Shahana McKenzie; Etihad Airways, General Manager Australia and New Zealand, Sarah Built; The Sustainable Traveller, Founder, Dayana Brooke; World Animal Protection, Executive Director, Simone Clarke

What’s driving demand for inbound travel and tourism? The role of air services partnerships

Session Provocateur: Tourism Australia, International Operations & Aviation Development Manager, Trent Banfield

Panel: South Australian Tourism Commission, Manager Aviation and Access, Mark Gill; Tourism & Events Queensland, Aviation and Trade Director, Sharyn Brydon; Tourism Tasmania, Director Access & Aviation, Hans Van Pelt; Tourism Western Australia, Director Aviation Development and Policy, Claire Werkmeister

New route opportunities: ultra-long haul markets opened up by next gen aircraft

Moderator: ASM, Senior Consultant, Omar Hashmi

Panel: Brisbane Airport Corporation, Executive General Manager, Aviation Development & Partnerships, Jim Parashos; Executive Traveller, Editor in Chief, David Flynn; Flair Airlines, Board Adviser, Rick Howell

Innovation driving the entire aviation ecosystem and improving passenger experience

Moderator: Skyscanner, Vice President Commercial, Hugh Aitken

Panel: Inmarsat Aviation, Vice President for Asia Pacific, Chris Rogerson; SITA, Regional Director, North Asia & Pacific, Jay Youlten; Western Sydney Airport, Chief Information Officer, Tom McCormack

Drones: adapting to a world of UAVs, what’s next?

Moderator: CAPA – Centre for Aviation, Chairman Emeritus, Peter Harbison

Panel: Airservices Australia, Chief Executive Officer, Jason Harfield; Clyde & Co, Senior Consultant RPAS/Aviation, Prof. Ron Bartsch

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