“You wouldn’t have won it if I’d entered” – still time to nominate your airport for ACI EUROPE Best Airport Awards in Frankfurt
The ACI EUROPE Annual Congress & Exhibition is hosted by the Fraport super-hub in June this year, with the theme “Compelling Connectivity for our Cities, Regions and Europe.” Connectivity of Europe’s hubs and airports to their global markets goes right to the heart of the mission of Europe’s air transport competitiveness in the face of surging competition from the MEB3’s Middle East hubs, and the daring strategy pursued by Turkish Airlines at Istanbul.
Maintaining connectivity, and giving European business the access it needs to world markets, is obviously the shared desire of the mega mainline carriers such as Lufthansa and the its key airport partners – indeed Munich Airport, which wants to build a third runway to maintain connectivity, has completely rebranded to reflect this, adopting the strapline: “Living Ideas – Connecting Lives.”
Harry Hohmeister, a Lufthansa Executive Board Member and the CEO of SWISS, will deliver the keynote address in a programme jammed-packed with airport CEOs (the ACI EUROPE Annual Congress is, after all, their biggest annual gathering).
The financial capital of Europe’s economic superpower is clearly a highly relevant setting to discuss connectivity, and indeed the organisers kindly remind us of the lessons in history in the sub-heading of the congress, which is a quote from Konrad Adenauer, Chancellor of Germany 1949-1963 and architect of the “German Economic Miracle”: “We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.” How true that is, on so many levels.