Airlines 2023 Agenda

Please note the agenda is subject to changes. 

Registration -
Welcome & Introductions -

Airline Interview - Sean Doyle, CEO, British Airways -
British Airways
5654 & COMPANY
Ministerial keynote -
Secretary of State for Transport
Travel Correspondent
Networking Coffee Break -

Coffee Break

Panel discussion: Does the UK’s aviation policy drive economic growth? -

For several years, the industry has made repeated calls for the UK Government to return to a more ambitious vision for aviation. Following extensive industry engagement, ‘Flightpath to the Future, a strategic framework for the aviation sector’ was published in May 2022. As a medium-term policy framework does it go far enough to bring forward policies that support economic growth? Is the implementation on track, and how can the recently created Aviation Council hold to account those tasked with delivery? How should the short and medium-term priorities feed into longer term policy needs? Can the UK leverage aviation as a key driver for growth and prosperity across the whole of the UK?

Moderator: Philip Georgiadis

Transport Correspondent
Financial Times

SVP Head of Public Affairs UK
Director for Aviation
Department for Transport
Regional Vice President, Europe
Managing Director
London Stansted Airport
Transport Correspondent
Financial Times
Panel discussion: Is the UK offering an attractive operating environment for airlines? -

The UK has historically been central to the global aviation networks with London a preeminent hub. Does the UK still hold strong destination appeal in overseas markets and is it providing an attractive commercial and operating environment for the world’s airlines? From workforce to cost base, and surface connectivity to regulation, what are the key areas than can be improved upon and made more competitive. Where does the UK still lead? What would it take to attract investment in new routes and services, including to the UK regions?

Chief Customer and Operating Officer (EVP)
Virgin Atlantic
Managing Director
Dnata UK
Group Director of Consumers and Markets
Civil Aviation Authority
Senior Vice President Network & Mobility
5654 & COMPANY
Networking Lunch -


Shadow Minister Keynote -
Shadow Aviation Minister
Labour Party
5654 & COMPANY
A New Flight Path: Leading Transformation Of The Travel Sector -

Changing consumer expectations, transformative technologies and the rise of new business models create threats and challenges for the airline industry – but also extraordinary possibilities. What if the transformation of the industry was dependent on rethinking the role and the scope of the brands that operate within it? By combining fresh customer insight, compelling brand transformation cases and new ways of thinking of the competition, new paths for growth can be found – helping travellers, airlines and the sector at large change and thrive.

Group Executive, Brand Integrity & Ethics, Global Innovation Lead
Global Chief Strategy Officer
Panel discussion: Can the UK ever become a global aviation sustainability superpower? -

The future growth of the UK as a major aviation market is dependent on the sector showing it can grow sustainably. The UK has clear ambitions on this through its Jet Zero initiative, but is it ambitious enough in the face of the US Inflation Reduction Act and the EU’s Green Deal Industrial Plan?  Is the UK attracting the right levels of investment and can the UK stay ahead as a global leader in green growth and set the global lead on aviation sustainability? Ultimately, what needs to be done to ensure it takes its place as a global aviation sustainability superpower.

Chief Operating Officer
Executive Officer
Green Finance Institute
President United Kingdom, Ireland & Nordic region
VP Strategy
Director of Aerospace Technology and Future Programmes
Sustainable Aviation Manager
Networking Coffee break -

Coffee break

Panel discussion: How will the UK meet its future aviation infrastructure needs? -

Based on the latest IATA forecasts, annual traffic to and from the UK is set to return to pre-pandemic levels in early 2024, with summer 2023 demand expected to exceed 2019 levels. Will the UK’s aviation infrastructure meet the revised long term growth forecast? Through the lens of the entire airspace, airport and surface connectivity ecosystem, what needs to be done to ensure UK aviation infrastructure is fit for purpose and future proof? In the face of the sustainability challenge, is airspace reform keeping pace with the needed changes and will new runway capacity be added in the UK where is it most needed?

Further panellists coming soon.

Chief Executive Officer
Gatwick Airport
Chief Executive Officer
Director General
Border Force
Aviation Partner
Gardiner & Theobald LLP
Chief Strategy Officer
Heathrow Airport
Airline CEO Fireside Chat - Sir Tim Clark, President, Emirates -
Transport Correspondent
Financial Times
Closing remarks -

Closing remarks

Networking drinks reception -

Networking drinks reception