SEPTEMBER 10/11, 2020


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Pre-forum Research Conference

08:30 - 09:00     Registration

09:00 - 09:20     KEYNOTE: Martin Gauss, CEO, airBaltic "Sustainable development in aviation - new challenges"

09:20 - 11:00     Paper presentations coming soon

11:00 - 11:20     Coffee break

11:20 - 12:50     Tutorial class #1: “Achieving a sustainable aviation industry: Will technology save the day?”,
Dr. Darren Ellis, Centre for Air Transport Management, Cranfield University, United Kingdom

12:50 - 13:30     Lunch 

13:30 - 13:50     KEYNOTE: Zigmars Vestfals, Global Infrastructure, Strategic Fleet Management at LSG Group, "The balance between the Routine and Safety Innovations, short and simple stories, how small steps and powerful ideas may increase operational safety and can bring more savings for the company" 

13:50 - 15:30     Paper presentations coming soon

15:30 - 15:50     Coffee break

15:50 - 17:20     Tutorial class #2: "KPIs at airlines and airports, - how do not handle them in a wrong way."Benjamin Walther, CEO of Information Design, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany


Business forum - workshop

09.00 - 09:10     KEYNOTE: Talis Linkaits, Minister of Transport of Latvia 

09:10 - 09:20     Conference adress: Martin Gauss, CEO, airBaltic 

09:20 - 09:30     Arturs Kokars, CEO, Latvia Aviation Association09:30 - 09:45

Infrastructure development

The Covid-19 crisis has had a significant impact on aviation infrastructure, slowing down its modernisation and expansion. Companies are being forced to cut their expenses and re-evaluate investment plans.

However, there can be no flight growth without sustainable infrastructure. For this reason, the development of the Airport city concept in Riga Airport is still current, as well as the expansion of the terminal and construction of the railway station within the framework of the Rail Baltica project.

09:30 - 09:45     Airport development at global look and operations in a new condition

09:45 - 10:00     Riga airport investments and development updates

10:00 - 10:15     Rail to air connectivity within Rail Baltica project

10:15 - 11:00     PANEL Q&A (Live)

Connectivity of aviation – new normal

Not a single business plan or business continuity scenario could foresee the complete stoppage of aviation throughout Europe and around the world. Before we can discuss renewal of the sector, the big questions are: how many airlines and tourism operators will remain on the market, how will passenger habits change and what shape will new aviation health safety protection measures take? Likewise, it is crucial to restart tourism flows.

The national airline airBaltic has received substantial investment support from the State as a result of which the Latvian aviation industry hopes to keep its leader position on the future Baltic aviation market, and achieve sustain stable growth in Lithuania and Estonia.

11:00 - 11:15     Recovery plans for aviation in Europe

11:15 - 11:30     AirBaltic return to new-normal operations

11:30 - 11:45     Who and how airlines will survive in Europe?

11:45 - 12:30     PANEL Q&A (Live)

Aviation cargo & logistics

To limit the spread of the virus, passenger air traffic was greatly reduced or halted in the first six months of 2020. Since practically half of all aviation cargo is carried via liners, aviation logistics chains that took years and years to create were disrupted almost immediately. Now is the time to evaluate how cargo airlines have operated during the crisis, and what the industry's prospects are given the decrease in global production and uncertain prospects for economic renewal.

E-commerce is still a hot topic of discussion. That is why special attention in this forum will be given to cargo handling within the context of Brexit and to the application of value added tax to shipments of all sorts in compliance with the new EU regulations that will come into force in 2021.

12:30 - 12:45     Role of Cargo airlines on crisis logistics

12:45 - 13:00     Aviation cargo development -global trends after the crisis

13:00 - 13:15     New regulations and Brexit impact on cargo procedures in Europe

13:15 - 14:00     PANEL Q&A (Live)

UAS commercial application

A flying aircraft with an electric drive is no longer science fiction or a hobby project. UAS is steadily becoming a business area worth billions that will change the technical conditions of airspace use as well as introduce various new commercial services, starting with pizza deliveries and e-commerce shipments to complex monitoring and research works.

UAS is developing rapidly and at times that can lead to mistakes, which gives us the opportunity to learn and improve the performance of these systems. This is why special attention will be given to the analysis of various safety situations and conclusions which will create a basis for well-justified additions to legislative initiatives.

14:00 - 14:15     New trends for common use of airspace for UAS & aftermath of UAV Factory drone escape

14:15 - 14:30     Challenges for more extensive commercial use of UAS

14:30 - 14:45     Hardware and software trends of UAS

14:45 - 15:30     PANEL Q&A (Live)


10 September 2020
Special event reception
where leaders of the aviation industry are invited
to discuss industry topics in an informal atmosphere

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