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Wednesday 27 February
0900 - 1600
This event is open and complimentary to AVALON 2019 trade visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates. Limited registrations are available. To register, email your name, title and affiliation to
Conference Room 5, Conference Centre, Australian International Aerospace & Defence Exposition, Avalon Airport


Airbiz is proud to announce a one-day must-attend airshow event: The Next Generation World Airports Conference.

This conference will guarantee you the latest insights from world acclaimed industry experts, detailing the innovative and exciting strategies behind some of today’s most cutting-edge airports.

Join CEOs, directors, planning managers and pilots for a behind-the-scenes look at airport cities, terminals of the future, infrastructure, business aviation and more.

The invited line-up of speakers include Hon. Alan Tudge MPMax Moore-Wilton ACJulieanne AlroeGert-Jan de Graaff (BNE & JFK)Lyell Strambi (MEL), Tom Ruth (Edmonton)John Kim (Incheon), and Kurt Edwards (IBAC) - most of whom have confirmed their participation.

Topics will include:

  • A global perspective on successful aerotropolis developments
  • Leading edge airport planning and design
  • The effective integration of business aviation
  • The transformation of Canada’s Edmonton International Airport into a thriving airport city
  • Effective airport design from a pilot perspective
  • Ensuring successful, efficient and effective investment in airport infrastructure

Conference Chairman, Airbiz Managing Director and world-renowned aviation expert Greg Fordham invites you to join him for this exclusive one day conference.

As a registered delegate, you will receive a complimentary Trade Day Airshow entry ticket.

Limited registrations are available. To register, email your name, title and affiliation to

Attendance is free of charge.

The Conference will be convened on-site at Avalon Airport in the purpose-built Conference Centre on Wednesday 27 February, 2019.

Registration for this Conference presents delegates with the opportunity to also attend some of the other on-site Conferences and Symposia convened in conjunction with the Airshow.

Sponsored by

09:00 - 09:05
09:05 - 09:45
Airport Infrastructure: Are we attracting the right amount of appropriate investment?
Where should the future focus be?

Max Moore-Wilton AC, Former Chairman & CEO,
Sydney Airport

Julieanne Alroe, Chair, Infrastructure Australia

Lyell Strambi, CEO, Melbourne Airport
09:45 - 10:15
Keynote address
The Hon. Alan Tudge, Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities (invited)
10:20 - 10:40
Refreshment Break
10:40 - 12:00
Airport City and Aerotropolis Developments
Around the World

Tom Ruth, President & CEO, Edmonton Airports

John Kim, Director of Aircity Development, Incheon
International Airport Corporation (invited)
12:00 - 14:00
Lunch & Flying Display - Delegates free to view flying displays as part of the Airshow and visit the exhibition halls. Lunch is available for purchase from a variety of outlets.
14:00 - 14:30
Business Aviation - Operational Integration
Kurt Edwards, Director General, International
Business Aviation Council (IBAC)
14:30 - 15:00
World Class Airports: Abu Dhabi's New Midfield Terminal Complex
Mustafa Chehabeddine, Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates - London
15:00 - 15:30
From Schiphol to New York to Brisbane: How Australian Airports Measure Up Globally
Gert-Jan de Graaff, CEO, Brisbane Airport Corporation
15:30 - 16:00
A Pilot's Perspective on Airport Facilities: The Good, The Bad and a Few Humorous Tales

Captain Richard Woodward, President, Flight Test Society Australia; Director and Chief Test Pilot,
COAX Helicopters; and A380 Captain

Captain Georgina Sutton, Sydney Interntional Base Manager and B787 Training Captain, Qantas; former Jetstar Chief Pilot

Conference End
*Please note, at the discretion of Airbiz and conference organisers, this program could be subjected to amendments and change at any time.