2nd Annual Airport Development and Expansion Summit, 2013
12th - 13th September, 2013, Istanbul, Turkey
With the airport sector is undergoing undeniable growth in Turkey and neighboring countries, Istanbul is scheduled to build the world`s largest airport handling 150 million passengers. Regional countries such as Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine and many more are upgrading and constructing new terminals and airfields leading to unprecedented opportunities for equipment, technology and service providers.
Noppen’s 2nd Annual Airport Development and Expansion Summit gathered government officials, construction companies, airport authorities, operators, architects, consultants, equipment providers and service groups, in order to better explore the market and support project development.
The Chairman of the 1st conference part of day 1, Mr. Holger Linkweiler, Managing Director of Hochtief AirPort, opened this event and greeted Ms. Seda Kalyoncu, Senior Project Director of the Turkish Prime Ministry Investment Support and Promotion Agency, for the welcome speech. She highlighted on the immense makeover taking place as well as growth opportunities in the Turkish airport sector. Afterwards, Mr. Linkweiler took over and gave an impactful opening speech.
First presentation of the summit was given by Mr. Panagiotis Poligenis, Associate Partner of Lufthansa Consulting GmbH. He provided the market outlook of Turkey and Black Sea region and showed the forecast information of passenger traffic at Turkish airports increasing in fourfold in 2040. Furthermore, he explained the public and private sector in PPP-partnership and their differences in interest. Hereafter, Mr. Poligenis informed about the challenges and benefits of civil-military use of airports.
Mr. Gernot Kessler, Head of Airport Rulemaking Section of European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) was the next speaker. He mentioned the upcoming safety challenges that the airports face in the field of traffic development, society, market, technology and others such as these. Then Mr. Kessler talked about the regulatory responses and airport safety rules.
After the networking tea break, the audience welcomed Ms. Elif Nikoglou, Principal Banker of Black Sea Trade and Development Bank. She shed light on the perspectives in financing PPP airport projects and explained why PPP could be attractive to governments. There are different PPP variants in airports. Several risks should be taken into account, such as revenue risks, construction risks, operation and maintenance risks, repayment and security risks, legal, regulatory and termination risks. Ms. Nikoglou ended her presentation with showing the projects BSTDB is involved.
Mr. Cristian Frankic, Business Development Vice President EMEA of ASSA ABLOY was the next presenter. He showed the audience how the access and door solutions can improve airport efficiency. Different solutions were showcased that bring along efficiency, security, safety and convenience for various areas in airports and airlines.
Hereafter, Mr. Wilfred de Man, General Manager Signage Solutions EMEA of Philips Signage Solutions spoke about how to maximize passenger experience and to drive revenue through optimized multimedia. He demonstrated examples of displays, screens and entertainment technology of which the design and functionality add to airport efficiency and user satisfaction.
After lunch, Mr. Peter Poungias, Executive Director Commercial & Property Activities of Hochtief AirPort took over the chairmanship and announced the following keynote speech that was given by Mr. Miguel de Bernardo, Policy and Planning Area Manager of INECO. He provided a detailed look at master plan development. The three pillars of airport master plan must include: long term airport development, impacts over surrounding areas and measures to be taken and public consultation. Mr. de Bernardo gave a case study of a Kuwait Airport Master Plan.
Mr. Tom Darmody, Senior Vice-President / Director, Aviation + Transportation of HOK Architects gave a presentation about designing airports of tomorrow. He shared his insights in the newest passenger terminal trends and initiatives. For example, it’s important to see a “passenger” as a “guest” and to consider airport as a destination rather than just a departure/arrival point.
Next was the presentation of Mr. Can Kulekcioglu, Key Accounts Manager of REHAU, who shared his knowledge of global trends in airport construction and how their sustainable solutions can be implemented. Mr. Kulekcioglu could speak over 50 reference projects where REHAU systems were used in airport construction.
Mr. David Marsh, Head of Forecasting and Traffic Analysis of Eurocontrol informed the participants about the challenges of growth up to 2035 and beyond. Forecast traffic will see slower growth; there will be 50% more flights in 2035 than 2012. Growth will be stronger in Eastern Europe and there will be more demand than capacity and emissions from aviation which are likely to increase. One of the challenges will also be the climate change.
Post tea break, Mr. Mihai Pascu, Vice-President of Brasov County Council captivated attendees with his speech about their project, Brasov International Airport. Brasov is considered to be the second important touristic city in Romania. The airport is expected to have the capacity to process 1,000,000 passengers per year. Brasov County Council envisions the development of the international airport through a concession contract for public works.
The panel discussion that followed, was led by Mr. Peter Poungias, Executive Director Commercial & Property Activities of Hochtief AirPort, with the participation of Mr. Mihai Pascu, Vice-President of Brasov County Council, Mr. Miguel de Bernardo, Policy and Planning Area Manager of INECO, Mr. Berk Albayrak, COO at İstanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport Investment Development and Operation Inc. and Mr. Eric Willems, Commercial Director of Celebi Ground Handling. They discussed how to guarantee a long-term healthy airport project mentioning the operations and efficiency, participation in Master plan, economic crisis, military partner, environmental aspect and many more.
Mr. Peter Poungias, ended the first conference day by stating interesting closing remarks.
The second day of the summit started with the opening speech of Mr. Alp Nadi, Managing Consultant of Hill International, who chaired that day of the event.
First speaker of day 2 was Ms. Ceyda Çetin, Wholesale Banking Group, Project Finance Department, Senior Vice President at DenizBank. She enthusiastically analyzed the airport investment climate in Turkey. Turkish aviation market is fastest growing aviation market in Europe and is expected to grow with 11% till 2023. Ms. Çetin explained the financial structures by giving an airport case study.
Following that presentation, Mr. Ross Baker, Director of Strategy of Heathrow Airport, UK spoke about the airport hub and the case for additional hub capacity at Heathrow: one hub or none? Heathrow airport is one of the six world’s airports that offer regular, direct, long-haul services to more than 50 destinations. Mr. Baker also shared the options of the third runway.
Mr. John M. Kelly, Sales Manager Systems and Product Training Manager Europe of Enersys Turkey gave a speech about the energy saving solutions for the airports of the future. He explained what the features and the benefits are of Enersys batteries for the customer.
After everyone enjoyed their coffee break, Mr. Andrew Gibson, International Technical Director - Aviation at CH2MHILL shared his insights of smart terminal design and operations, how to manage airport congestion and capacity with success. The facilities need to be used smartly. Mr. Gibson also spoke about how to improve passenger flow with technology and modeling tools and about the stakeholder collaboration in smart terminal operations. He showed an example of Madinah, Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz International Airport of how to tailor facilities to the market.
The following speaker was Mr. Olaf Arns, Head of Marketing and Sales of AWAS International. He gave a presentation about enhancing focus on environment in Master planning and paid attention to green design and sustainability. Mr. Arns showed their solutions of sustainable results of waste water treatment.
Mr. Ender Özatay, Managing Director of ACO Turkey gave a clear overview of safe water drainage and explained everyone the importance of drainage systems in airports. It is crucial that drainage of an airport is designed as a whole system.
When the lunch was over, participants were captivated by the next speaker, Prof. Velimir Radosavljevic, PhDME, CEO of Belgrade Nikola Tesla Int. Airport, which is the central and biggest airport in Serbia with annual capacity of 6 million passengers. Mr. Radosavljevic told about the development and expansion of the airport in the light of AirSerbia/Etihad Airways demands. Afterwards, he mentioned their important infrastructure projects.
Ms. Dicle Demircioglu, Partner, Architect of GMW Mimarlik enlightened the public with a case study about the architectural design of Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah, KSA, the latest project of the company. She showcased the airport plan from different levels and sections. At the end of the presentation, Ms. Demircioglu presented a short video about the airport in Madinah.
Everyone was excited to see Mr. Kevin Cleary, Group Head of Consultancy of Dublin Airport Authority, who are in the aviation sector for 70 years. Mr. Cleary presented a before and after study of Dublin Airport development and explained more about the development of airport’s T2. The second day Chairman, Mr. Alp Nadi, Managing Consultant of Hill International, had an interesting ending for the conference and highlighted the development in the airport sector in closure remarks.
We would also like to extend our gratitude to all delegates for their active participation. Their questions spoke to the heart of the main issues facing the airport and aviation industry.
Noppen would like to express a special thanks to the sponsors of the 2nd Annual Airport Development & Expansion Summit: Assa Abloy, Philips Signage Solutions, Enersys, AWAS, Ugurel, Sony, Akfa Holding, All About Signs, X-Ray Center, Rehau, ACO and Lufthansa Consulting for their contributions in making this event a success.