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European Aviation Conference: DCU to host international aviation leaders

European Aviation Conference: DCU to host international aviation leaders

Over 150 aviation industry leaders, researchers and government officials from around the world are expected to visit Dublin City University on 13th and 14th November to discuss policy-relevant issues in aviation as part of the annual European Aviation Conference.

The theme of this year’s conference is prompted by 2017 being the 30th anniversary of the earliest steps towards aviation liberalisation in Europe. It will seek to use the lessons of the last three decades of reform to propose an agenda for the future, facing new challenges like the rise of protectionism after Brexit and Trump and new technologies disrupting the development of the industry.

Key issues covered will include:​

  • Impact of the disruptive airline deregulation policy on the industry, travellers and related industries
  • Upcoming major challenges in the airline business - Restructuring the Industry: Changes in Business Models, Alliances, Mergers and Competition Policy
  • Possible implications of Brexit and disintegration of the aviation market
  • The impact of disruptive technology – the role of technology in future air traffic control
  • Financing the industry
  • Inadequate airports and the slow progress towards the Single Sky

Hosted and organised by the DCU Business School, it is the first time this European conference will be held in Ireland and is credit to the strong international reputation the DCU Business School has gained for its quality aviation management programmes and graduates.

Key speakers will include: Nawal Taneja, global airline strategist and author; David McMillan, former DG of Eurocontrol and Chair of the ATM Policy Institute; Amedeo Odoni, Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Stephen Kavanagh, CEO, Aer Lingus.

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7th November, 2017