Airport Trading Conference: Captivating the consumer

Airport Trading Conference: Captivating the consumer

The 19th ACI EUROPE Airport Trading Conference and Exhibition was held in Malta from 26 to 28 April. Taking place in the immediate aftermath of the volcanic ash crisis, the event addressed the impact of European air space being paralysed for six days, alongside industry threats such as World Health Organization (WHO) proposals to ban duty free liquor and tobacco sales, cabin bag restrictions and security issues. Ross Falconer reports.

Shaping financial planning as industry emerges from economic crisis

The second annual ACI Airport Economics & Finance Conference was held in London on 23-24 February. The timely event, jointly organised by ACI EUROPE and ACI WORLD, focused on the critical factors that will shape airport investments and financial planning decisions as the industry emerges from the financial crisis. Report by Christoph Koeppchen and Ross Falconer.

Optimism for travel retail despite the testing times

With the imposition of the single bag carry-on rule, the restrictions on Liquids, Aerosols and Gels (LAGs) and the World Health Organization’s proposal to ban duty free tobacco sales, recent months have proved to be tough for the travel retail sector. Ryan Ghee spoke to Frank O’Connell, President of the European Travel Retail Council (ETRC), and Olivier Jankovec, Director General, ACI EUROPE.

‘A vision to become the European hub of choice’

An interview with John Holland-Kaye, the new Commercial and Strategy Director, BAA Airports Ltd

Malta focuses on developing commercial activities

Malta International Airport will host the 19th ACI EUROPE Airport Trading Conference and Exhibition, which takes place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta, on 26-28 April 2010. The airport’s €5 million terminal expansion plan includes an overhaul of the retail, catering and security areas, resulting in significant capacity increases both landside and airside. Having opened in mid-June, the airport expects to see commercial revenues accounting for almost one third of the total business by the end of next year. Louise Driscoll reports.