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