WTM gathers expert panel to debate critical aviation issues and plot the sector’s future

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The small signs of economic recovery will undoubtedly be hotly debated during the World Travel Market 2009 Air Travel Programme.

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The small signs of economic recovery will undoubtedly be hotly debated during the World Travel Market 2009 Air Travel Programme.

While figures from the International Air Transport Association showed losses of £3.9 billion for the first six months of the year, passenger and freight volumes saw some improvement in July with a 3% rise month-on-month.

The organisation, which represents 93% of international air traffic, has advised caution in terms of expectations of a quick recovery and against this backdrop WTM has brought industry leaders together to debate the challenges facing the sector.

Tuesday 10 November sees a “Head to Head” between Etihad Airways Chief Executive James Hogan and aviation consultant JLS Consulting Director John Strickland, who is organising the programme on behalf of WTM. Hogan and Strickland will cover a range of aviation hot topics including the current market with challenges such as fuel prices, falling demand and the uncertain economic climate and future strategy.

The session takes place in the North Gallery Rooms 6&7 11.00 – 12.00

On Wednesday 11 November senior aviation experts including Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President of Worldwide Commercial Operations Richard Vaughan will look at the challenge aviation faces in dealing with environmental issues.

While demand has fallen globally and capacity has been cut, the environment is still very much in the spotlight and the session will take an in-depth look at how the industry is facing the issue.

The session will take place in the North Gallery Rooms 6&7 14.30 – 15.30

Both sessions promise to be lively and insightful combining expert views from those on the leading edge on today’s challenges and healthy debate on the way forward.
World Travel Market Chairman Fiona Jeffery said: “The aviation industry has really born the brunt of the global financial downturn, although recent figures would indicate it’s starting to recover.

“The Air Travel Programme will examine the current shape of the sector and how it needs to equip itself to prosper in the future.
About World Travel Market
World Travel Market, the premier global event for the travel industry, is the must-attend four-day business-to-business exhibition for the worldwide travel and tourism industry.
Almost 50,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international press, embark on London’s ExCeL Centre every November to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry opinion and trends at WTM.
WTM, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2009, is the event where the travel industry conducts and concludes its deals.
WTM is owned by the world’S leading events organiser Reed Exhibitions (RE), which organises a portfolio of other travel industry events including Arabian Travel Market and International Luxury Travel Market.
RE holds more than 500 events in 38 countries throughout Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific covering 47 industry sectors including aerospace & aviation, healthcare, manufacturing and sport & recreation.
In 2008 RE, part of the Reed Elsevier group, brought together more than six million industry professionals from around the world generating billions of dollars in business.

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