Speakers

Piet D webPLANNING

Brussels Airport’s Strategic Vision 2040

Piet Demunter, Director Strategic Development, Brussels Airport Company

Brussels Airport has developed its Strategic Vision 2040 that is supported by a long-term development plan for the airport. Improving accessibility of the airport will be a major enabler in order to realise this vision. By the year 2040, Brussels Airport has set itself a target that 50% of the passengers and the airport employees will come by public transport, bicycle or on foot, as compared with the current 30%. In order to achieve this Brussels Airport aims to further develop its role as an intermodal hub with a brand new building that will welcome new rail and light rail connections. This will improve connectivity for the Airport helping to reduce traffic congestion in the region around the Airport.  

After 6 years working at Unilever, Piet Demunter joined Brussels Airport Company in 2008. As a Director Strategic Development, Piet is responsible for Strategic Planning, PMO, the commercial relations with airlines and cargo & logistics clients, sustainable development and public affairs.


Brecht webAIR-RAIL PARTNERSHIPS

Enabling air-rail partnerships to connect flights with international train services

Brecht Vanhee, Portfolio Manager SNCB Europe & Product Manager, BeNeRail International

BeNe Rail International, a technology joint venture between the Belgian national railway company SNCB/NMBS and Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) of the Netherlands, was the first to launch a free-flow air-rail codeshare product. The product enables airlines to only pay for the passengers who actually travelled on the air-rail journey segment, meaning the railway operator doesn't need to block seats on board of their trains. This solution is a multi-carrier, multi-channel and multi-modal. It is currently being used by number of airlines, rail operators and airports. Brecht has been working for SNCB/BeNeRail for the past 12 years and is active on both the commercial and IT side, managing the air-rail project.

 


Richard Brown

MARKET SHARE AND MARKETING

What impacts passenger shift from private to public transport

Richard Brown, Managing Director, North Star Consultancy

The Global Air-Rail Market Share report has been issued annually since 2013 and provides insight and analysis into the market share figures and trends of participating air-rail links. It is a platform for participating air-rail links to gain understanding on what actions can influence passengers when choosing a transport mode to travel to/from airports.

 

 

 


Liam web

PASSENGER EXPERIENCE

Passenger experience through the air-rail Interchange - a first-time user approach

Liam Henderson, Founder, Transporting Cities

International passengers arriving in a new city encounter barriers which entice them to jump in a taxi or use ride-sharing apps - instead of a rail service. Using the concept of 'escape points' between the aeroplane and the rail service, Transporting Cities undertakes reviews of the air-rail interchange in locations across the world. When airports provide too many escape points, they drain the revenue of the air-rail operator and prevent the airport from reaching public transport mode share targets.
Through his work at Transporting Cities, Liam has delivered many air-rail passenger journey assessments and will look best practice in wayfinding, information provision and language that can be used to improve overall journey experience.


Kesagee Nayager web

AIR-RAIL PARTNERSHIPS

Airline-Railway partnership for increased ridership

Kesagee Nayager, Marketing and Communications Executive, Bombela Concession Company (RF) (Pty) Ltd

Annually over the holiday season in December-January, Gautrain experiences a significant decline in ridership as regular commuters go on holiday. To increase ridership over this period, Bombela developed a strategic partnership with a low-cost airline which yielded great results for both the Gautrain and the airline.

The presentation will look at the mechanics behind the campaign as well as some of the challenges and opportunities that the partnership brought about.

 


Pauliina webAIR-RAIL PARTNERSHIPS

Finnair's codeshare partnership with VR Group

Pauliina Ahlstedt, Manager, Airline Partnerships & Project Director, Atlantic Joint Business, Finnair

Finland's largest airline Finnair has formed a codeshare partnership with the state-owned railway company VR Group in 2014, selling air-rail tickets via Helsinki to St. Petersburg. Opening of the Ring Rail Line connection between Helsinki Airport and the city centre in 2015 offered an opportunity to expand the partnership further.

Pauliina will share the key challenges the operators had overcome to implement the air-rail partnership, such as the incomplete infrastructure and missing interfaces, and will look at how the cooperation between the airline and the railway operators can be expanded going further.

 


Andrew Camp web

 

Mat Garner web

 

INNOVATION

Using technology to improve workforce communication during disruption

Andy Camp, Commercial Director, Greater Anglia Stansted Express
Mat Garner, Co-Founder, Ethos Farm Technology

Operational disruption can very quickly turn into "in the moment" brand damage via social media and for operators it is crucial to push the latest information to their workforce and their customers as soon as possible.

Andy and Mat will present their joint initiative to improve communications to the Greater Anglia Stansted Express workforce through a new, colleague specific, application that provides a daily briefing and communications platform to staff as well as live operational updates during disruption.

The app drives better product knowledge by generating daily tests on procedures, ticket information and alternative routes during disruption.


Christopher Wortley webGROUND TRANSPORT REVENUES

Are rail links impacting airport parking revenues?

Chris Wortley, Owner, Parkinguru

Currently parking makes up to 60% of all non-aeronautical revenues making it a biggest single source of income for airports. How a new rail connection to the airport will impact travel and parking habits for passengers and employees? Can all modes operate well together?
Before starting his consultancy in 2009, Chris worked for three of the world's largest car park operating companies at director/general manager level. Chris has delivered on a number of consulting projects within the Airport parking sector. 

 

 


Fraser webCUSTOMER SERVICE

Welcoming Crossrail to Heathrow

Fraser Brown, Director, Heathrow Express

Crossrail will arrive at Heathrow Airport in six month, bringing new challenges along for the airport and the existing Heathrow Express services. Fraser will look at how the airport is preparing to welcome Crossrail with new ticket gates and updated wayfinding, as well as Heathrow Express's strategy for competing with the new operator.
Fraser joined Heathrow Express as Commercial Director in April 2014. Prior to this he worked at Gatwick Airport as Head of Travel Services, before moving across London to Heathrow. His roles at the UK's busiest airport have included Head of Travel Services and Managing Director of Ultra Global PRT. This involved working with UK and international government bodies to develop sustainable modes of transit. He became Director of Heathrow Express in February 2015.  


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PLANNING

Planning airport landside infrastructure for the future, while expanding for the present

Nanna Mejlgaard, Specialist in Landside Traffic Planning/Passenger flow, Copenhagen Airports

Traditionally Copenhagen Airport has been planning its landside infrastructure for private cars and revenue generating car-parks, but faced with future mobility technologies such as autonomous vehicles, car-sharing and Mobility as a Service, the airport had to shift their strategy for planning to meet future infrastructure needs. Is it still a good investment to build car parks at airports and how transport planners can forecast the preferred mode of transportation for future passengers?
Nanna has been a Senior Specialist in Landside Transportation Planning at Copenhagen Airports since 2012, previously working as a Project Manager at the Department of Transportation in the City of Copenhagen.

 


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PLANNING

Community-centered airport link development

Julianna Moats, Principal Systems Engineer, Rail Systems, WSP

A rail link between Heathrow Airport and London Waterloo Station has been on the British government's radar for half a century. The difference between this proposal and all others which have come before, or have come since: this is a regeneration project, not a rail link project. This presentation will focus on the challenges of harmonizing the priorities and timelines of numerous local and national stakeholders.
Julianna is a Railway Systems Engineer working on the design of new stations and railway lines, including Crossrail, HS2, and Southern Rail Access to Heathrow. She is also a committee member and ambassador of Young Rail Professionals, a not for profit organisation run entirely by volunteers, who work to inspire and develop the future generations of the railway industry.

 


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PLANNING

First-last mile solutions for Gautrain

Barbara Jensen, Senior Executive Manager Marketing and Communication, Gautrain Management Agency

Gautrain Management Agency is conducting a study to improve accessibility to public transport from its stations and enhance connectivity with other modes of transport, including non-motorised transport to support the Gautrain system. Enhancing public transport network and infrastructure around stations encourages better pedestrian movements and improves safety. 
The study will also serve as an input into the planning of future public transport services in the region. It is envisaged that future bus routes and pedestrian corridors will be identified as well as the feasibility of a bicycle sharing around the railway stations.

 


Nick Alice Regionalverband Frankfurt web

PLANNING

Planning bicycle infrastructure in and around Frankfurt Airport

Alice Nick, Project Manager, Department of Mobility, Regional Authority FrankfurtRheinMain (RVFRM)

Surrounded by motorways, streets and railways, Frankfurt Airport is not only a mega transport hub but also the biggest employment hub in the region. Alongside 105 million annual passengers, more than 81 thousand people commute to and from the airport every day.
RVFRM project aims to enhance bicycle infrastructure in and around the airport, making cycling to work easy for a great number of employees. Through a communication campaign the project bring people together, creating a community of cyclists around the airport.
The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

 


Arja Lukin webAIRPORT CITIES

Aviapolis – impacts of the Ring Rail Line and Smart & Clean Ideas for better connectivity

Arja Lukin, Project Director, Airport City Aviapolis, City of Vantaa

Opened in July 2015, the Ring Rail Line connected Aviapolis, the fastest expanding area in Helsinki metropolitan region, with the international airport and the city center. 20,000 additional residential and 40,000 extra work places will be created in the area bringing business opportunities and mobility challenges. Aviapolis will evolve to a desirable place to live and work at. The Smart & Clean Ideas foundation has turned Helsinki into a world-class test platform for clean and smart solutions.

Arja, who leads the development and growth of Aviapolis, will look how the Ring Rail Line and the Smart & Clean Ideas foundation will boost the Aviapolis growth.

 


Dan Wolff webFUNDING

Make the best out of EU funds for Airport Access Projects

Dan Wolff, Managing Partner, Eurotran

The EU offers opportunities in grants or financial instruments for air-rail projects, however, seizing these opportunities may be a challenge in itself. In his presentation, Dan will look at the main actions needed to acquire these funds, from the identification of the right funding source up to a successful application.

After 5 years with the French post office and another 5 with the European Rail Infrastructure Managers, Dan created Eurotran in 2010 as a public affairs agency specialised in EU rail policy. The company has now expanded its lobbying activities to cover all modes of transport and has acquired hands-on expertise in EU funding technics.

 


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Financing the modernisation and innovation of airport and rail infrastructure development in Sub-Sahara Africa

Laverne Dimitrov, Transport Specialist, Development Bank of Southern Africa

Innovative financing models and joint partnerships are boosting air-rail developments in Sub-Sahara Africa following the regional policy reforms and uninhibited economic growth. Regions are looking to invest in brand new airports and provide better intermodality with standard gauge railway lines. 
Laverne has worked on some of the largest transport infrastructure projects on the African continent and is an external advisor to the Korean Ministry of Finance and the US Trade Agency.

 

 


Massimo Corradi webPLANNING

North Rail Access to Malpensa Airport - a Successful Project

Massimo Corradi, Real Estate - Funding Programs, SEA Milan Airports

Phase 1 of the MXP North Rail Access project was completed in December 2016 connecting both Malpensa's terminals. Six month after the opening of the train station at Terminal 2, the airport saw a 30% increase in the number of rail passengers compared to the same period a year earlier. Phase 2 will further extend the rail line from Terminal 2, joining the Sempione and Gottardo international rail routes and final design is currently in progress. The project is a partnership between SEA Milan Airport and FERROVIENORD. The work was funded through four different EU grant schemes.
Massimo is a TEN-T Projects Coordinator for SEA Milan Airports and has been in charge of securing the EUR 29.7 million funding from the TEN-T Programme.

 


Daniel Gierhart webPLANNING

Future Elizabeth line services to Heathrow

Daniel Gierhart, Crossrail/Elizabeth line Customer Experience Manager, Transport for London

The Crossrail project will see Transport for London take over the existing Heathrow Connect service between Paddington and Heathrow in May 2018, ahead of the Elizabeth line launch in December 2018. The presentation will focus on the challenges that Transport for London, Heathrow Express and Heathrow Airport have been collectively addressing to ensure that customers are able to make an informed choice about the different transport options available to them for Heathrow related travel and beyond.

Daniel has worked at Transport for London for 3 years covering a number of different positions across the business, including both operational and corporate roles. In his current role, Daniel is responsible for the overall Customer Experience of the Elizabeth line, including delivering our vision of world class service and ensuring the Elizabeth line is fully integrated with the wider TfL network.


Istvan Hunyadi webPLANNING

Improving landside access to the Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport

István Hunyadi, City Manager of Budapest District 18, Pestszentlőrinc-Pestszentimre Municipality

During recent years Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport has seen a major passenger traffic increase but, despite many ideas and plans discussed during the past two decades, the airport access infrastructure remained underdeveloped. Currently there are two major projects being considered - the reconstruction of a major road and the diversion of the existing main railway line, allowing IC trains to stop at the airport. District 18 also aims to decarbonize transport to and from the airport by encouraging behavioural change of passengers and employees. 
István is a civil engineer and an economist. Before joining District 18, he held executive and director positions with the National Transport Authority and later with the Transport Authority of Budapest.

 


flore hans webOPERATIONS

The role of Brussels Airport station for commuter traffic

Hans Floré, Policy Officer Airport Mobility, Province of Flemish Brabant

Figures from the Triennial Federal Survey show that car mode share in the Brussels Airport Region is still at 85% with only 8.28% of passengers using rail to travel. The presentation will look at what needs to be done to increase the rail mode share for the airport region and what role an airport railway station can play as a public transport hub for commuter working at the airport and the surrounding business zones.

Hans advises and accompanies public and private employers for their projects on more sustainable commuter traffic.

 


Henrik Rothe webPLANNING

Aerial ropeways as alternative form of transport for airport access

Henrik Rothe, Senior Lecturer Air Transport Management, Cranfield University

In a soon to be released paper on overcoming service quality and cost shortcomings, Cranfield University is looking at alternative forms of transport to and from airports. Automated People Mover require transport corridors often not available or to be constructed at considerable cost. Aerial ropeways have been successfully integrated in urban contexts globally and have the potential to link the airport to commercial and residential activity hubs close by supporting the paradigm shift of airports to open up for multipurpose human interaction.

 

 


 

Hotels

The recommended hotel for the Global AirRail 2017 Attendees are:

Thon Hotel EU

Rue de la Loi 75,

750m from the conference venue

To book the rooms with a special price, please do so before before 12 October, but we recommend that you book as soon as possible as the number of available rooms is limited and as this is one of the nearest hotel options.

The rooms are offered at the following price:

  • Monday 13 November: 155 EUR including breakfast
  • Tuesday 14 November: 170 EUR including breakfast

City tax of 4,24 EUR / night not included.

Reservations should be done directly with the hotel with the special reservation form found here, and sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

There are some other alternative hotels relatively close to the venue:

Conference Address

Airport Regions Conference
Rue Montoyer 21
1000 Bruxelles

Map

From Brussels Airport:

TRAIN:
The airport train station is located below the terminal (basement level-1). Up to 4 trains an hour connect the airport to Brussels Midi station, Brussels Schuman and Brussels Luxembourg and the journey takes around 25 minutes. The closest train station from the ARC offices is Brussels Luxembourg, so if possible, we recommend you to take a train towards this station.
See below for directions how to get from the Brussels Luxembourg station to the ARC offices.
Price: 8.80 EUR
There are ticket vending machines, which accept credit cards.

BUS SHUTTLE:
The Airport Line is a 30-minute express service between Brussels Airport and the European quarter, where the ARC offices are located.

From Monday to Friday the Airport Line is operated as an express service, No 12, and only serves the major stops.
NB. On weekdays after 8 pm, and on the weekends, the Airport Line is operated as a regular service (as bus line No 21), serving all stops.

The bus station at the airport is located on level 0 - one floor down from the arrivals hall - and can be easily reached by using the escalators or elevators.
The buses to Brussels depart from platform C.

Bus stop for ARC offices: Luxembourg (7 min walk)
Price: 4,50 EUR (6 EUR if bought from the driver)
Buy your ticket from the GO ticket vending machines before boarding. These machines accept Maestro bank cards, credit cards and coins.
Tickets bought from the driver are more expensive.

TAXI:
Taxis with a taximeter are permanently available in front of the arrivals hall. Licensed taxis can be recognized by the blue and yellow emblem.
Price: calculate around 45 EUR for Brussels centre (the ARC offices).
The taxi company «Autolux» has a discount when a return ticket is bought.


From Brussels Luxembourg

From Brussels Luxembourg train station walk towards the Luxembourg bus station. Once there, take bus No. 95 (Direction Grand-Place) for one stop, at Science. From Science bus station you still have 3 minutes of walk, as seen below on the map.
Price: 2.10 EUR
Or buy a 1-day ticket at 7,50 EUR or a 5- or 10-trip ticket for 8 EUR / 14 EUR.

Agenda

The Global AirRail Alliance (GARA), an organization promoting rail access to airports, and the Airport Regions Conference (ARC), an association of regional and local authorities across Europe with an international airport situated within or near its territory, have partnered joining the 8th Global AirRail Conference and Awards and ARC’s annual meeting into a three day event.

Agenda 

If you want to see detailed descriptions of the presentations, please head to the Speakers page. 

 DAY 1 - Monday 13 November   

ADDRESS: Airport Regions Conference, Rue Montoyer 21, 1000 Bruxelles

 09:30   Registration
 10:00    Opening Session
        Brussels Airport’s Strategic Vision 2040
Piet Demunter, Director Strategic Development, Brussels Airports Company
   

Enabling air-rail partnerships to connect flights with international train services
Brecht Vanhee, Portfolio Manager SNCB Europe & Product Manager, BeNeRail International

    Interactive Panel Discussion
 11:00   Networking Break
 11:30   Session 2
   

What impacts passenger shift from private to public transport
Richard Brown, Managing Director, North Star Consultancy

   

Passenger Experience through the air-rail Interchange - A First-Time User Approach
Liam Henderson, Founder, Transporting Cities

   

Airline-Railway partnership for increased ridership
Kesagee Nayager, Marketing and Communications Executive, Bombela Concession Company 

   

Intermodal partnership between Finnair and VR
Pauliina Alhstedt, Manager, Airline Partnerships & Project Director, Finnair

    Interactive Panel Discussion
 12:30   Networking Lunch
 13:30   Session 3
   

Using technology to improve workforce communication during disruption
Mat Garner, Co-Founder, Ethos Farm Technology
Andy Camp, Commercial Director, Greater Anglia Stansted Express

   

Are rail links impacting airport parking revenues?
Chris Wortley, Owner, Parkinguru

   

Welcoming Crossrail to Heathrow
Fraser Brown, Director, Heathrow Express

   

Interactive Panel Discussion

 14:30   Networking Break
 15:00   Roundtable Discussions
    These interactive roundtable discussions invite all the participants to contribute with their expertise and share their knowledge. There will be three rounds of 30 minute discussions, meaning that participants can join up to three roundtables in the session. After each round, the participants will be asked to join another discussion of their choice. The topics and moderators of the discussions will stay the same throughout the session.
     

 1

  Airline-Railway Partnerships
Moderator: Pauliina Alhstedt, Manager, Airline Partnerships & Project Director, Finnair
What are the greatest challenges in expanding the airline-railway partnership model and what benefits it brings to the airlines, railways and airports? What is the best platform for multimodal ticket distribution? Is there a one-size-fit-all solution for intermodal journey planning and booking?

 2

 

Finding and maximising competitive advantage for airport rail links through marketing
Moderator: Chris Basche, CEO, Brisbane Airtrain
This roundtable will discuss the unique factors of airport rail links and how these can be used to position the operation for long-term advantage over competitors. How market conditions impact competitive positioning will be discussed. We will also review examples where successful positioning has supported market share growth.

 3

  What influences market share for air-rail links?
Moderator: Richard Brown, Managing Director, North Star Consultancy
What can be done to improve market share for airport rail operators? Do marketing, digital investment, price, and online ticket sales affect market share? What is the impact of growing car hailing services to passenger choice?

 4

 

Guiding a first time user through the airport to ground access transport
Moderator: Liam Henderson, Founder, Transporting Cities
How can airports provide a smooth, intuitive transition for their passengers transferring from airline gates to ground transportation services? What role wayfinding plays in ensuring passengers get to the rail/bus option without defaulting to taxi or car hailing services? How does service description attract or dissuade passengers? How can rail/bus operators work to highlight their services with the terminal?

 5

 

Pioneering an Intermodal Hub of the Future
Moderator: Tom Mockett, Airport Masterplanning Manager, Brussels Airport
This roundtable will require us to challenge our expectations, broaden outlooks and think like pioneers. What are the key trends that will be responsible for shaping the future Intermodal Hub designs? Using the current knowledge and future expectations in transportation, the discussion will ask for the views of the participants on how an Intermodal Hub can be designed to accommodate future advances in connectivity, transportation and customer service.

    Interactive Panel Discussion
Moderators from each roundtable will join this interactive panel to share the key challenges raised by participants during the session.
 
 17:00   Networking Drinks
 18:30   End of DAY 1
     

DAY 2 - Tuesday 14 November

Airport Regions Conference, Rue Montoyer 21, 1000 Bruxelles
 08:30   Registration
 09:30   Session 1
    Planning airport landside infrastructure for the future, while expanding for the present
Nanna Mejlgaard, Specialist in landside traffic planning/ passenger flow, Copenhagen Airport
   

Building communities around airport rail links
Julianna Moats, Principal Systems Engineer, Rail Systems, WSP

   

First-Last Mile Solutions for Gautrain
Barbara Jensen, Senior Executive Manager Marketing and Communication, Gautrain Management Agency

   

Planning bicycle infrastructure in and around Frankfurt Airport
Alice Nick, Project Manager, Department of Mobility, Regional Authority FrankfurtRheinMain (RVFRM)

   

Interactive Panel Discussion

 10:30   Networking Break
 11:00   Session 2
   

Aviapolis – impacts of the Ring Rail Line and Smart & Clean Ideas for better connectivity 
Arja Lukin, Project Director, Airport City Aviapolis, City of Vantaa

   

Make the best out of EU funds for Airport Access Projects
Dan Wolff, Managing Partner, Eurotran

   

Financing the modernisation and innovation of Airport and Rail infrastructure development in Sub-Sahara Africa
Laverne Dimitrov, Transport Specialist, Development Bank of Southern Africa

   

North Rail Access to Malpensa Airport - a Successful Project
Massimo Corradi, Real Estate - Funding Programs, SEA Milan Airports

   

Interactive Panel Discussion

 12:00   Networking Lunch
 13:00   Session 3
    Future Elizabeth line services to Heathrow
Daniel Gierhart, Crossrail/Elizabeth line Customer Experience Manager, Transport for London
   

Improving landside access to the Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport
István Hunyadi, City Manager of Budapest District 18, Pestszentlőrinc-Pestszentimre Municipality

   

The role of Brussels Airport station for commuter traffic
Hans Floré, Policy Officer Airport Mobility, Province of Flemish Brabant

   

Aerial ropeways as alternative form of transport for airport access
Henrik Rothe, Senior Lecturer Air Transport Management, Cranfield University

   

Interactive Panel Discussion

 14:00   Networking Break
 14:30   Roundtable Discussions
    These interactive roundtable discussions invite all the participants to contribute with their expertise and share their knowledge. There will be three rounds of 30 minute discussions, meaning that participants can join up to three roundtables in the session. After each round, the participants will be asked to join another discussion of their choice. The topics and moderators of the discussions will stay the same throughout the session.
     

 1

  Securing funding for major air-rail project
Moderator: Laverne Dimitrov, Transport Specialist, Development Bank of Southern Africa
What are the financial models available globally to secure funding for major air-rail links? What global financing institutions are investing in airport access projects? How to ensure the air-rail projects gets approved for funding? What are the country specific challenges planners needs to know?

 2

 

Transit oriented development along the airport access routes
Moderator: Julianna Moats, Principal Systems Engineer, Rail Systems, WSP
How can an airport access project be part of a community regeneration initiative? What mobility solutions need to be implemented along the airport access route to ensure a successful transit oriented development? How to engage with local authorities to secure their support? What are the biggest challenges in communicating with stakeholders and residents?

 3

 

Baggage processing from rail to air
Moderator: Ron Hiscox, Director, Airport Process Design
Handling luggage is a significant factor in passenger’s decision to take the train to the airport. As airlines are moving most processes to self-service and off-airport, how can rail operators this trend for their customers? This Roundtable will look at what security/pre-clearance processes would apply for baggage tagging at stations and what opportunities there are to integrate airport and rail services.

 4

 

Managing passenger flows at AirRail link stations during peak hours
Moderator: Tim Anderson, CEO, Airport Link Company Sydney
What are the challenges for airport rail operators to serve both commuter and airport passengers? Airport users usually require more time to board trains, more space for luggage on board and more assistance. How can airport rail operators improve customer experience for both of these passenger groups?

 5

 

Extending air-rail links to airport terminals and wider rail network
Moderator: Massimo Corradi, Real Estate - Funding Programs, SEA Milan Airports
Growing airports face the challenge of terminal capacity and increased demand on surface access network for passengers and employees. There are number of ways to enable rail access enhancement at a growing airport. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each of those options? What local circumstances can influence the decision when choosing different options? When is it time to extend the rail connection further in to the national rail network?

     
 16:00   Interactive Panel Discussion
Moderators from each roundtable will join this interactive panel to share the key challenges raised by participants during the session.
 16:30   End of conference sessions
     

Global AirRail Awards 2017 Dinner and Ceremony

Dress code: Black Tie. Alternatively – Men: Modern Dandy; Ladies: Fab and Festive

D’Ieteren Gallery, Rue du Mail 50 Ixelles

The D'Ieteren venture started in the 19th century when it was founded by master coachbuilder Joseph-Jean D'Ieteren. In 1897 The brothers Alfred and Emile D'Ieteren are among the first to launch into the production for engine vehicles. 

The D'Ieteren Gallery was founded by Roland D'Ieteren in 1805, the sixth company president. In addition to the horse-drawn carriages, built and distributed by D'Ieteren, the gallery also presents objects, photographs and rare documents tracing the company’s 200 years of history.

 18:20  

Transport pick up (Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75)

 18:40   Transport pick up (Airport Regions Conference, Rue Montoyer 21, 1000 Bruxelles)
 19:00   Networking Drinks
 19:30   Gala Dinner
 21:00   Awards Ceremony
 22:30   End of DAY 2

GARA Brussels logo BRU

The Global AirRail Alliance (GARA), an organization promoting rail access to airports, and the Airport Regions Conference (ARC), an association of regional and local authorities across Europe with an international airport situated within or near its territory, have partnered to bring the 8th Global AirRail Conference and Awards to Brussels on 13-14th November 2017.

The annual Global AirRail Conference and Awards brings air-rail professionals from all over the world to discuss the passenger intermodality segment between air and rail including the physical infrastructure integration, innovations in travel booking and planning, and improving passenger experience.

“I am very happy to announce the partnership with ARC as the association brings together a wide range of expertise from air transport as well as local and regional governments. At this year’s event, I would like to focus the debate on the challenges the local and national governments will be facing with the arrival of new mobility services, implementing new legislations and working with airports to ensure seamless integration of different transportation modes to improve employee access and passenger experience. I am particularly interested to hear the discussions on how this will impact rail access to airports, what measures rail operators will have to take to compete with new mobility providers and what partnerships can be formed to stimulate business growth.”

Milda Manomaityte, Director of the Global AirRail Alliance 

“I am happy to welcome the global air-rail community to Brussels and look forward to creating links with the local and regional policy makers.”

Léa Bodossian, Secretary General for the Airport Regions Conference

Each year ARC explors two or three specific topics, ranging from training and employment gaps, to ultrafine particles, territorial marketing, or the noise issues. However, surface access to airports has been a constant concern for local and regional authorities and this year ARC is dedicating the discussions to airport access issues, focusing on economic, social and environmental impacts on airport regions.

The Global AirRail Conference sessions will look at best practices in planning, building and operating rail links to airports, best marketing campaigns to ensure growth, innovations in customer experience at airports and air-rail links, as well as funding, policy and stakeholder engagement challenges.

The event will also host the annual Global AirRail Awards, recognizing the effort, best practices and results of the global air-rail community. The entries for the awards will open on 1st of June 2017 and close on 1st of October 2017. The winners will be announced during the awards ceremony in Brussels on 14th of November 2017.

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