Inaugural Air Transport Conference for Central and Southeast Europe Sky Full of Possibilities

Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel

Location: Bratislava, Slovak Republic

Event Date/Time: May 26, 2006 End Date/Time: May 26, 2006
Registration Date: May 22, 2006
Early Registration Date: Apr 28, 2006
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INAUGURAL AIR TRANSPORT CONFERENCE FOR
CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST EUROPE
Sky Full of Possibilities

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Bratislava, Slovakia
May 26, 2006.

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Background to the Event

This invaluable conference on air transport will give you a chance to hear government officials willing to share their point of view. Don’t miss the chance to get to know the governmental representatives and leaders of air transport industry who will tackle the issues and challenges you are facing in the development of your company.
You can discuss the issues about the integration into the EU market, the air passenger rights, airports privatisation prospects, the consolidation and privatisation of traditional airlines, the expansion of low cost airlines to CSEE markets, point to point operations, ATM capacity, the project of simplifying the business and more.

Participants:

• High Government Officials
• International Organisations in the area of Air Transport industry
• Major Airlines
• Regional Airlines
• Low Cost Airlines
• Charter Airlines
• Regional Airports
• Entrepreneurs and investors
• Aircraft manufacturers and suppliers
• Maintenance companies
• Investment banks
• Air finance and leasing companies
• Airport operators
• E-business systems
• Aviation industry consultants



CSEE AIR TRANSPORT CONFERENCE

Friday, 26th May 2006

Conference Proceedings are in English

08:30-09:00 Registration

09:00-09:10 Chairman's Opening Remarks

09:10-09:30 WELCOME ADDRESS FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF SLOVAKIA

H.E. Pavol Prokopovic, Minister for Transport, Posts and Telecommunications, Slovakia

09:30-11:00 PANEL A: GOVERNMENTAL ADDRESS
THE STATE OF AIR TRANSPORT INDUSTRY IN THE REGION OF
CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST EUROPE

• The current situation of air traffic in the countries of Central and Southeast Europe
• Air traffic trends and developments in CSEE
• What do governments do to improve the legislation in the area of Air Transport
• Governmental support of the competitiveness and economic expansion in the airline industry at the moment

Mr. Jan Breja, Head of Aviation Policy and Legislation, Direction of Civil Aviation, Ministry of
Transport, Posts and Telecommunications, Slovak Republic

Mr. Manfred Bialonczyk, Director General, Civil Aviation Administration, Austria

Mr. Franc Zeljko Zupanic, Vice Director, Directorate for Aviation, Slovenia
Ministry of Transport Constructions and Tourism, Romania


11:00-11:30 Networking Morning Break


11:30-13:00 PANEL B: GOVERNMENTAL ADDRESS
THE LEGISLATIVE ON AIR TRANSPORT IN THE COUNTRIES OF CSEE

• Recent developments in transportation law and practice in CSEE region
• Harmonization with the EU legislative on air transport
• Examining the expected changes in regional laws regarding the Single European Sky Project
• Regulatives regarding the privatisation of airports and airlines in CSEE
• State protectionism and prejudices in air transport industry
• What laws and procedures still need to be implemented?


H.E. Petar Vasilev Mutafciev, Minister, Ministry of Transport, Bulgaria
H.E. Jiri Kubinek, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Transport, Czech Republic

Mr. Mladen Stepanic, International Committee, Ministry of the Sea, Tourism, Transport and Development, Croatia
Directorate for Civil Aviation, Macedonia


13:00–13:30 INTEGRATION INTO EU MARKET - DE-REGULATION VS. PROTECTIONISM
• State of the European airline industry
• Single European Sky, development, impact, changes in legal environment
• Present regulatory principles
• Air passenger rights in the European union
• Developing Common Aviation Area with European Union neighbouring countries

Directorate F – Air Transport, European Commission

13:30–15:00 Networking Lunch Break

15:00-16:00 TRADITIONAL AIRLINES, CONSOLIDATION, PRIVATIZATION

• Trends, capacity and financing of the traditional airlines in the countries of CSEE
• Privatisation prospects and drives in the CSEE Region
• Traditional airlines propose new business models to face lo-cost competition airlines
• Cargo as underutilized sector, how to improve it?
• What can traditional airlines do to cut costs and be more competitive

Mr. Josef Burger, CCO - Austrian Airlines
Ms. Christiane Boehm-Mayer, CEO - Slovak Airlines
LOT Polish Airlines


16:00-17:00 LOW COST AIRLINES, NEW PLAYERS

• Development of the low cost airlines in Europe and leaving the exclusiveness of air transport for reach people only behind
• Making an affordable flight a reality
• Building the low cost airline brand in CSEE
• Benefits to regions, airports, consumers and tourism from the existence of the low cost airlines
• Route development and increase in air traffic
• Expansion of the low cost airlines to Central and Southeast European markets
• Low cost airlines and traditional airlines: growing cake to share; alliances, consolidation
• Airport development and partnerships for low cost airlines

Ms. Jan Skeels, Secretary General – European Low Fare Airlines Association
Mr. Christian Mandl, CEO – SkyEurope Airlines


17:00-17:30 Networking Afternoon Break

17:30-18:30 AIRPORTS, CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

• Capacity and infrastructure of airports in the region of Central and Southeast Europe
• Airports as economic hubs
• Privatizations and concessions as a solution for airports in the region – with special emphasis on the privatization of Bratislava and Budapest Airport
• Air trafic management capacity (communicatioins, navigation & surveillance)
• Developing modern air traffic service facilities to meet future demands
• How to cut costs and improve productivity of airports
• Flying from point to point as a supplement to existing regular flight connections

Mr. Herbert Kaufmann, CEO, Vienna International Airport
Ms. Marta Horvathova, CEO, Kosice Airport, Slovak Republic
Bratislava Airport
Mr. Luigi Iodice, ATM Business Innovation Manager, ATM Management Committee (AECMA–European Association of Aerospace Industries)

18:30-19:00 SIMPLIFYING THE BUSINESS PROJECT

• 100% e-ticketing by the end of 2007 – advantage for the customers, the airlines and the travel agents.
• Bar coded boarding passes to reduce airline costs associated with check-in processes & to reduce lines at airports
• Radio frequency identification for baggage
• Paperless cargo environment
• Common–use kiosks for self–service check-in
• What are the benefits that airlines, airports, passengers and all the other players in the aviation value chain will gain with this project?

Mr. Victor de Barrena Sarobe, StB Regional Programme Manager, IATA Simplifying the business Project Team


19:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

19.15 Conference Close

19.30 Networking Cocktail Reception

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