Aviation Convention 2013

Rolf Henke 
Rolf Henke 
Martin Streichfuss 
Martin Streichfuss 

Jean Botti 
Jean Botti 
Björn Maul 
Björn Maul 
Derun Li 
Derun Li 
Peter Gerber 
Peter Gerber 
Thomas Winkelmann 
Thomas Winkelmann 
Alex Cruz 
Alex Cruz 
Christoph Müller 
Christoph Müller 
Nicolas Notebaert 
Nicolas Notebaert 
Elke Rabbow 
Elke Rabbow 

Reinhold Ewald 
Reinhold Ewald 
Uwe Hörmann 
Uwe Hörmann 
Eike Stumpf 
Eike Stumpf 
Paul Gregorowitsch 
Paul Gregorowitsch 
Stephan Widrig 
Stephan Widrig 
Giulio De Metrio 
Giulio De Metrio 
Johannes Reichmuth 
Johannes Reichmuth 
Johannes Reichmuth 
Bertrand Lebel 
Bertrand Lebel 
Mirko Hornung 
Mirko Hornung 
Michael Garvens 
Michael Garvens 
Markus Rapp 
Markus Rapp 
Thomas Rötger 
Thomas Rötger 
Joachim Buse 
Joachim Buse 
Martina Fromhold-Eisebith 
Martina Fromhold-Eisebith


Airports of tomorrow:
Enabling smarter aviation

The aviation industry is experiencing strong, continuous growth and dynamic changes driven by new technology, a changing political environment, increased ecological awareness, demanding security standards, creative business ideas and evolving customer requirements.

Airports are at the center of the aviation business and at the heart of the change process. Industry experts and academics are constantly working on concepts and solutions to achieve industry goals and cope with industry challenges.

The Aviation Convention 2013 will bring together high-profile experts from academia and industry to share the latest developments, insights and challenges from their work, research and personal expertise. The Convention will give a unique overview of recent and future trends and developments, and also strengthen links between academia and the aviation industry. This will give rise to new research topics, strategic and operational options and new solutions.

Social and political opinions and concerns will also be covered and discussed at the Convention. To reflect the global nature of aviation, experiences and perspectives from other regions will complement the European views.

In the near future, airports will remain highly complex individual systems due to specific local constraints and their role as intermodal traffic hubs in the global aviation network. The Aviation Convention 2013 is the ideal opportunity to discuss and explore airport development options to create a sustainable future for aviation.

Address by EU commissioner

Welcome address by Siim Kallas

Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Transport

European aviation is a major contributor to economic growth and job creation. But global aviation is changing fast - many regions are launching huge and ambitious programs to modernize transport. If we want Europe to remain competitive, we must continue to develop - both in the air and on the ground.

For the sky, our solution is to get rid of the lingering fragmentation of airspace. So we are accelerating our Single Sky project and redesigning Europe’s entire airspace architecture using SESAR to introduce modern technologies. Beyond Europe, we want to complete a larger aviation area with our neighbors by 2015, with 1 billion inhabitants.

European airports have changed profoundly, developing different business models and strategies. To address the shortage of airport capacity and further improve the quality of passenger services, the European Commission has proposed a comprehensive package of measures that cover slots, groundhandling and noise.

To succeed, we need to combine increased competitiveness with impeccable safety, security and environmental standards. Continuous research and innovation will contribute enormously to achieving our Flight Path 2050 vision, for a more customer-focused and low-carbon environment.

Building on the success of your previous participation in EU research programs, we would welcome your involvement in future transport projects within Horizon 2020. Let us work together so that the airports of tomorrow lead to smarter aviation: safe, secure, green and competitive, delivering quality service and better mobility for Europe and beyond.

I wish your convention every success.


Thursday, Sep. 26

  9:00 Registration and provision of conference documents
10:00 Welcome by the organizers
  Rolf Henke, Member of the Executive Board, DLR
  Martin Streichfuss, Partner, Roland Berger

Setting the scene

10:15 Flight path 2050 – Europe’s vision for Aviation
  Rolf Henke, Member of the Executive board, DLR
10:45 Innovation pipeline and their expected impact on airlines and airports
  Jean Botti, CTO, EADS
11:15 Airports of tomorrow – requirements from an airline view
  Peter Gerber, Member of the Lufthansa German Airline board
11:45 Size and speed of infrastructure development in Chinese aviation
  Derun Li, Chairman, Shanghai Airport Authority
12:15 Scenarios for the future of European aviation
  Björn Maul, Partner, Roland Berger
12:45 Lunch break

Changes to the airlines

13:30 The new Germanwings – lessons from the recent developments in the airline industries
  Thomas Winkelmann, CEO, Germanwings
14:00 The only sustainable model for short-haul flights: very low costs and very high service
  Alex Cruz, CEO, Vueling
14:30 Structural changes in the European Airline Business ahead
  Christoph Müller, CEO, Aer Lingus
15:00 Strategies of an airport conglomerate for cooperating with airlines
  Nicolas Notebaert, Chairman, VINCI Airports
15:30 Coffee break and transfer

:envihab and ESA visit

16:00 ESA guided tour
  Facilities for astronaut training
  :envihab presentation – Providing insight for long-term habitation in space
  Elke Rabbow, Institute of Aerospace Medicine, DLR

Space night

18:00 Reception
18:30 Human Spaceflight operations – Columbus and the ISS
  Reinhold Ewald, ESA, Astronaut, Advisor to ESA's Head of Director General’s Cabinet
  Large infrastructur projects in Germany – Example BER
  Hartmut Mehdorn, CEO, Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH (FBB)
  Live music will be provided by members of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester
  Buffet dinner
21:30 End of day 1

Friday, Sep. 27

  8:30 Welcome by the organizers
  An alternative approach to reducing aircraft noise annoyance
  Eike Stumpf, Head of Institute, RWTH Aachen University

Changes to the airports

  9:00 airberlin: on a journey
  Paul Gregorowitsch, CCO, airberlin
  9:30 Realizing non-aviation potentials
  Stephan Widrig, CCO, Flughafen Zürich AG
10:00 LCC-home base as part of a dual airport strategy
  Giulio De Metrio, COO, SEA
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Challenges for airports of tomorrow
  Johannes Reichmuth, Director of Institute of Air Transport and Airport Research, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
11:30 Airlines and airports as partners for sustainable aviation
  Bertrand Lebel, EVP, Air France
12:00 Technological ideas for future operations
  Mirko Hornung, Executive director, Bauhaus Luftfahrt
12:30 Lunch break

Framework for positive development of airports

13:30 Challenges to the airports at the heart of the change process in aviation
  Michael Garvens, Chairman of the Management Board, Cologne Bonn Airport
14:00 Evolution of environmental impact of aviation industry
  Markus Rapp, Director of DLR Institute of Atmospheric Physics, DLR
14:30 Sector wide initiatives towards sustainable aviation
  Thomas Rötger, Assistant director, Environment – Technology, IATA
15:00 Vision and implementation challenges for biofuel
  Joachim Buse, VP Aviation biofuel, Lufthansa
15:30 Airport of Tomorrow as catalyst for regional development
  Martina Fromhold-Eisebith, Chair of Economic geography, RWTH Aachen University
16:00 Closing session
  Johannes Reichmuth, Head of Institute, DLR
  Eike Stumpf, Head of Institute, RWTH Aachen University
  Martin Streichfuss, Partner, Roland Berger
16:15 Coffee break and departure
17:00 End of day 2


Jean Botti Chief Technical Officer (CTO), EADS
Joachim Buse Vice President, Aviation Biofuel, Lufthansa
Alex Cruz Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Vueling Airlines S.A.
Dr. Reinhold Ewald Astronaut, ESA
Prof. Dr. Martina Fromhold-Eisebith Chair of Economic Geography, RWTH Aachen University, Dept. of Geography
Michael Garvens Chairman of the Management Board, Flughafen Köln Bonn GmbH (Cologne Bonn Airport)
Peter Gerber Member of the Lufthansa German Airline Board, Lufthansa
Paul Gregorowitsch Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), airberlin group
Prof. Rolf Henke Member of the Executive Board, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Prof. Dr. Mirko Hornung Executive Director Research and Technology, Bauhaus Luftfahrt
Bertrand Lebel Executive Vice President - Organization and Corporate Social Responsibility (EVP), Air France
Derun Li Chairman, Shanghai Airport Authority
Björn Maul Partner and Head of Aviation Practice, Roland Berger
Dr. Hartmut Mehdorn Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH (FBB)
Giulio De Metrio Chief Operating Officer (COO), SEA
Christoph Müller Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Aer Lingus Group PLC
Nicolas Notebaert Chairman, VINCI Airports
Prof. Dr. Markus Rapp Director of Institute of Atmospheric Physics, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Prof. Dr. Johannes Reichmuth Director of Institute of Air Transport and Airport Research, German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Chair of Air Transport and Airport Research, RWTH Aachen University, Institute of Transport Science
Dr. Thomas Rötger Assistant Director, Environment – Technology, IATA
Dr. Martin Streichfuss Partner and Head of Transportation Competence Center, Roland Berger
Prof. Dr. Eike Stumpf Head of Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, RWTH Aachen University
Stephan Widrig Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Flughafen Zürich AG
Thomas Winkelmann Chief Executive Officer (CEO), germanwings GmbH

Who should attend

Target Audience

  • Executive board members
  • Managers and directors
  • Strategy and product developers
  • Consultants and Analysts
  • Scientists and Research Associates
  • Representatives of Industry associations



Guided tour through just opened medical research facility where the effects of diverse environmental conditions on humans are being analyzed and explored


Guided tour through facilities for astronaut training

  • Introduction to ISS
  • Visit of Astronaut training center (Simulator, Mock-Ups, etc)
  • Insights on Communication with Astronauts when they are on mission
  • Insights on zero gravity training for astronauts
  • www.esa.int/ESA

Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

Musical highlights will be provided by members of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester.

The Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester is considered one of the best places for young European orchestral musicians to forge their talents.

The young artists work with today's top conductors and soloists, performing in renowned concert halls and leading festivals in Europe and all over the world.



Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)

The German Aerospace Center, is Germany’s national research center for aeronautics and space and Germany’s Space Agency. The DLR Institute of Air Transport and Airport Research examines how air traffic and airports are evolving, and develops measures to create a sustainable air transport system. Publications: Global Aviation Monitor, Low Cost Monitor 2012, Aviation Report 2011.

Roland Berger

is a top player in the premier league of international consultancies, serving clients globally on challenging assignments. In the aviation sector, Roland Berger offers specialized know-how in the areas of strategic development and cooperation, topline enhancement as well as cost and efficiency improvement.

RWTH Aachen University

With 260 Institutes in 9 faculties, RWTH Aachen University is one of Europe’s leading institutions for science and research. RWTH Aachen is strongly oriented towards the current needs of business enterprises. The Institute of Aerospace Systems connects the various disciplines of aeronautical engineering. It has over 50 years of experience in aircraft design, noise research and wind tunnel testing.