live in Berlin

Image: 1st joint ACI EUROPE Network Planners’s Marketplace
This week saw appearing live in Berlin as part of this year’s ACI EUROPE Airport Exchange at the Berlin Messe.

Brussels Airport’s Leon Verhallen is seen here detailing plans for the airport’s planned low-cost terminal watched by’s very own Ralph Anker, Jacksonville’s Barbara Halverstadt, (‘Where Florida begins’) and Ryanair’s Director of New Route Development, Bernard Berger (who explained how the recent decline in average route frequencies may change due to afocus on domestic routes in Italy and Spain).

Image: Pictured, Christina Cassottis (VP, & Head of Airports, SH&E Ltd) & Tero Taskila (Chief Strategy Officer, Gulf Air)
Christina Cassotis (pictured left), VP & Head of Airports at SH&E, spoke about how developments on transatlantic traffic had been influenced by the progress towards “open-skies”. The recent decision by bmi to allow Lufthansa to gain majority control is likely to generate further competition, especially on routes between the US and UK. Tero Taskila (pictured right), Chief Strategy Officer of Gulf Air, was keen to stress that while Gulf Air may not be expanding as quickly as some of its regional rivals, it was still a major player in the region.
Image: Dr Rainer Schwarz, CEO, Berlin Airports Dr Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports, reported on progress at the new BBI airport (scheduled to open in 2011) and how traffic in Berlin had been growing at above average rates. This week saw the closure of Berlin’s historic Tempelhof airport meaning that all flights are now focused at either Tegel or Schoenefeld.

Other presentation and discussion was heard from Air Berlin, Berlin Airports, Blue1, Gulf Air, jet4you, KLM, LFV, Moscow Domodedovo, S7 and SH&E.

This and all other available presentations will be posted on en-bloc as soon as permission is received.

Image: Airport Exhchange 2008 Exhibition
Networking in the ACI EUROPE Airport Exchange Exhibition and The Route Shop exhibit. Some 1,000 delegates attended the seven concurrent conferences around the exhibition floor including the 1st Network Planners Marketplace. Next year the event is being hosted by Aena in Barcelona.

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