Akbar-Al-BakerFollowing Qatar Airways’ elevation to oneworld recently, Doha will next welcome leaders from the European, Middle Eastern and Asian airport industries for this year’s landmark airport industry super-conference and exhibition, ACI AIRPORT EXCHANGE. Founded by airport sister trade bodies, ACI EUROPE and ACI ASIA-PACIFIC, the 8th annual conference & exhibition will be hosted by Doha International Airport (DIA) from 11 to 13 November 2013 at Qatar National Convention Centre.

Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker, will be amongst the distinguished line up of keynote speakers who will address delegates during the conference, themed ‘Beyond Airports 2020’. Opening with overviews of the airport business in key regions of the world, the event will also showcase the latest solutions to the challenges of today, as well as brand new offerings tailored to meet the needs of the airport of the future. Al Baker said:

Globally, air travel is closely bound to our increasing economic interdependence. The emergence of exciting new markets such as India and China has exponentially increased the demand for passenger flights in recent years. Airlines are now collectively placing greater demands on the airports which serve them. They need new facilities and technologies to support their operations: to accommodate new kinds of aircraft, improve efficiency, and better integrate passengers’ travel experiences.’

Bernardo Gogna, Project Director of NDIA steering committee, will be providing his insights on Hamad International Airport (HIA) design, construction, completion, operational readiness and operations. Gogna has been leading the design and construction of the HIA since 2004. He will discuss the vision, development and implementation of design in relation to the HIA, in addition to the lessons learnt from the operational preparation for this facility.

Al Baker added:

The new competitive advantage will arise from developing the capacity to exceed expectations – and then by innovating to change expectations altogether. That has been Qatar Airways’ guiding principle since our re-launch in 1997, but the opening of our new facility, Hamad International Airport, will begin a completely new chapter in Qatar’s ability to rise to the challenge.’

In addition to Al Baker, the event will also feature keynotes speeches by Bertrand Piccard, Initiator & President of the renowned Solar Impulse project and Jan Rezab, CEO of industry analytics experts, Social Bakers.

A number of DIA and Qatar Airways top executives will be demonstrating HIA’s commercial strategy, maximising the potential revenue of HIA, in addition to the vision, development, and implementation of HIA’s design and delivery process. The topics will include overall operations, catering, cargo, duty free, security, and facilities.

This year’s five conference streams comprise of: Security Summit & Border Control, Airport Operations and Airport Development & Environment as well as IT, Facilitation & Customer Service Conference and the first ever ACI Digital Engagement Summit.

Those attending the event can also look forward to insight from interactive panel sessions with airport CEOs and presentations from many of the leading airport operators in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In keeping with the theme of the event, ‘Beyond Airports 2020′, conference presenters and exhibitors will not just showcase their latest solutions to the challenges of today, but concepts and launches of brand new offerings ideal for the airport of the future, which will need to be hospitable, efficient, reliable, inspiring and sustainable if they are to succeed in the eyes of airlines, regulators and passengers.

The event will also provide several opportunities to tour the soon-to-be-opened HIA.

For more information or to register, visit the website of Airport Exchange.