Video of the week – Understanding aviation in the Middle East and Africa: industry perspectives

CAPA – Centre for Aviation attempted to address the big questions impacting aviation across the Middle East and Africa as part of more than ten hours of agenda content at its CAPA Middle East & Africa Aviation Summit in late Apr-2019.

Alongside panel discussions designed to address the latest developments across the two very different regions of the world, individual perspectives were studied from the viewpoint of industry sectors. Here’s some of the insights and observations with full coverage of the panel sessions from the event at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre (DICEC) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Spotlight on the Middle East – Middle East carriers and outlook for 2019/2020
Moderator: CAPA – Centre for Aviation, Executive Chairman, Peter Harbison
Panel: AACO, Secretary General, Abdul Wahab Teffaha; Gulf Air, CCO, Vincent Coste; Jazeera Airways, CEO, Rohit Ramachandran; and Turkish Airlines, CMO, Ahmet Olmustur


Spotlight On Africa – Africa remains a market of huge potential but even larger challenges
Moderator: CAPA – Centre for Aviation, Content Editor, The Blue Swan Daily, Rich Maslen
Panel: Astral Aviation, CEO, Sanjeev Gadhia;  Embraer, General Manager – Special Projects AME, Hussein Dabbas;  fastJet, Group CEO, Nico Bezuidenhout; IATA, Regional Director, Account Management, AME, Michael Burke and Crabtree Capital Limited, Co-Founder & CEO, Mark Tierney


LCCs in Africa & the Middle East: lessons to be shared and learnt
Moderator: CAPA – Centre for Aviation, Chief Analyst, Brendan Sobie
Panel: Cleartrip, EVP and Managing Director, Middle East, Sameer Bagul; fastjet, CEO & Executive Director, Nico Bezuidenhout; flyadeal, CEO, Con Korfiatis; and SalamAir, CEO, Mohamed Ahmed


What’s driving travel and tourism demand in a digital era? The role of air services partnerships
Moderator: IBM, Global Managing Director, Dee Waddell
Panel: IBM, Chief Innovation Officer Emeritus, Bernard Meyerson; ICF, Vice President, Managing Director Aviation, Jared Harckham; South African Airways, Group CEO, Vuyani Jarana; and WTTC, Regional Director APAC & MEA, Nigel David


Innovation driving the entire aviation ecosystem
Moderator: Skyscanner, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, Hugh Aitken
Panel: Caravelo, CCO, Jonathan Newman; Etihad Airways, Vice President Revenue Management, Dieter Westermann; and Sabre, Vice President, Travel Solutions, MEA, Dino Gelmetti


Infrastructure: Airport/Airspace
Moderator: Aviation Minds, Managing Partner, Dr. Nadine Itani
Panel: Airports PPP, Managing Director, Waleed Youssef; Jazeera Airways, CEO, Rohit Ramachandran; London Stansted Airport, CEO, Ken O’Toole; and Los Angeles World Airports, COO, Samson Mengistu


Distribution and selling challenges: NDC to the rescue?
Moderator: Travelport, Global Head of New Distribution, Ian Heywood
Panel: dnata, Vice President – Air & Strategic Alliances, Middle East & India, Alan William; Etihad Airways, Vice President Revenue Management, Dieter Westermann; and Gulf Air, Global Head of Sales & Steering, Vikas Manra


Short-to-long-haul connectivity, particularly as LCC long haul airlines expand
Moderator: CAPA – Centre for Aviation, Chief Analyst, Brendan Sobie
Panel: flyadeal, CEO, Con Korfiatis; ICF, VP, Managing Director Aviation, Jared Harckham; and London Stansted Airport, CCO, Aboudy Nasser