As we prepare to gather in the ancient setting of Palermo for the 2020 ACI EUROPE Regional Airports’ Conference and Exhibition from May 10th to 12th, we have front of mind the most modern and challenging of topics: “Affordable Sustainability for Regional Airports”.

As an industry, we are all acutely aware of the need to address the Climate Emergency. However, the opportunities and challenges this presents for our individual circumstances vary widely. Not least of which is the affordability – especially for regional airports – of implementing the changes in our businesses and behaviours that we are striving towards.

Since its inception in 2008, the Regional Airports’ Conference and Exhibition has firmly established itself as the gathering place for CEOs of regional airports looking beyond airline marketing to consider wider questions of vision and strategy. A look at fast evolving trading conditions both in the short-term (in particular at how the current COVID-19 crisis is disrupting our industry) and the longer-term will lay the foundations of our agenda, followed by a deep-dive into affordable green solutions for regional airports based on successful strategies implemented by peer groups. We’ll examine how increased efficiency can boost profitability and viability, look at inter-modality integration as a key factor for regional airport development, and end with a session focusing on the realities of the revenue split among all the airport stakeholders in this green agenda.

The 2020 ACI EUROPE Regional Airports Conference and Exhibition will help you to address these essential questions and fine-tune your airport’s green strategy. It’s an unmissable opportunity to learn from diverse mix of airport stakeholders, at a gathering specifically tailored to the needs of Europe’s regional airports.
The conference will be followed by the 31st meeting of the ACI EUROPE Regional Airports Forum.

Our host, Palermo Airport, has prepared a wonderful social programme for delegates, showcasing Sicily’s legendary hospitality, welcoming guests with a networking tour and reception in Monreale, and a lavish gala dinner at the prestigious Norman Palace – including an opportunity to see the renowned Palatin Chapel.

Palermo is Sicily’s cultural and economic capital, playing an important role in European history for over 2,700 years. Roman, gothic, and baroque meet art nouveau in this city, where world-renounced gastronomy is presented with irrepressible Palermitani spirit.

I do hope that you will join us in Palermo, and look forward to meeting you there.

Olivier Jankovec
Director General